Zionsville school board approves new courses, lighting system


By Desiree Williams

During its Dec. 11 meeting, The Zionsville Community Schools board of trustees approved six new courses for Zionsville Community High School students and a district-wide lighting project to reduce utility costs.

What happened: Greg McDaniel, ZCHS assistant principal, presented summaries of the six new course offerings for the 2018-19 school year.

What it means: The new courses are Basic Skills Development, Work Based Learning Capstone, Computer Tech Support, Film Literature, Civil Engineering & Architecture and Advanced Passion Exploration (APEX). APEX is a project-based program that allows students to explore their passion and work independently to solve problems.

What’s next: APEX was created by ZCS, so the school will apply for a non-standard course waiver from the Indiana Dept. of Education to begin a pilot program. Upon approval, APEX will join the other five courses in the catalog next year.


What happened: The board approved a $1 million project to modernize the district lighting system with LED technology.

What it means: Interior lighting will last longer without degradation or warm-up time. Exterior lighting will operate dawn to dusk without programming. Pole lights will remain at 40 percent until motion-activated, which will generate 100 percent activation The project is estimated to save more than $469,000 annually in materials and energy. Future lighting energy costs are expected to decrease from 54 percent to 29 percent of total utility costs.

What’s next: ZCS will fund the project with a capital lease through BMO Harris Bank. Energy Harness Corp. will provide labor and materials.


What happened: The board revised the district’s suicide prevention policy in accordance with new state statutes.

What it means: The policy states that ZCS will provide counseling and referral information as well as community resources to students and families. In addition, employees in schools with grades 5-12 will attend at least two hours of youth suicide awareness and prevention training every three years, effective after June 2018.

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