Welcome to a new school year! The VCSC opened our doors to the 2015-16 school year on Thursday, August 6. Much transpired over the course of the summer and this included staffing and getting buildings ready. The VCSC welcomes all of our new staff, which included the hiring of some Lincoln High School graduates. We know that our graduates are up for anything and this includes returning to their “home” school corporation. However, we also welcomed new hires from afar as well and this included one new hire from Tennessee. In terms of preparing buildings and facilities, there simply is not enough praise for which I can bestow on Sodexo, our facilities partner. Our buildings and grounds simply shine and sparkle. We also completed the HVAC renovation at Lincoln High School and this includes air conditioning throughout all parts of the school, and more specifically the acclaimed Alice Arena. Additional items which were addressed this summer included work at historic George Inman Field. During the 2014-15 school year we began the overhaul of Inman Field. This work has in large part now been completed and this includes new locker rooms, sidewalks, fencing and so much more. Inman Field is a place which we all can be proud of again and more so ends the discussions for the foreseeable future of relocating the football complex.
In terms of specifically focusing on the 2015 - 16 school year and more so facilities, the Board and I continue to work towards providing the absolute best of all facilities to our staff, students and parents. We already have a middle school which is state of the art. George Rogers Clark Middle School opened for the start of the 2011 - 12 school year and continues to look as if it just opened. Further, the technology the building possesses is unlike no other. The building which is Lincoln High School today graduated its first class in 1989. The building in large part also looks as if it just opened. As already mentioned, we just completed HVAC renovations. The only thing left to do is updating some flooring and lockers and we will have in large part taken care of the needs of this building for what is likely the next 10 to 15 years. Our extra and co-curricular areas for which so much of the general public, including those from many different localities see on a regular basis, has also witnessed an overhaul. This includes Ader Auditorium. We still have some work to do with tennis and the possible relocation of softball in addition to some needed construction that will not only serve soccer but other possible sports in the future. The plans are already underway for the needed upgrades. We hope to be complete with any and all of this work within the next two years. By doing this, we will have addressed nearly all of our needs in the extra and co-curricular realm.
All of this leads us to the elementary school buildings. Public forums were held during the spring of 2015. It became clear that the majority of what was stated to me and the Board was that we need to stay committed to neighborhood schools and protecting many of the identities of our present schools. In our case, smaller is better when it comes to the size of our elementary schools. What was commissioned was an assessment/feasibility study. This is presently ongoing and we hope to be wrapped up with this in the next month. From here, we will come back and continue more dialogue with the community and also engage the community in these discussions. Our local architect of Andy Myszak with Myszak and Palmer is in charge of the assessment and feasibility study. As proof of the work for which we know that Andy and his team can do with older facilities is Clark's Crossing and the legendary Adam's Coliseum in the heart of Vincennes. I would anticipate that as we come back to the community for discussions that one of the community meetings will be held at Clark's Crossing. If Myszak and Palmer can do what they did with these two downtown properties and come up with similar ideas for our elementary schools, we will be in great shape. We hope to communicate shortly the plans/dates for these forthcoming community discussions.
So much has been communicated about our facilities but the real focus and work takes place in each and every building between and beneath all of the concrete, brick, and mortar. This is the academic focus for our schools. The VCSC can proudly boast that we are that of an "A" school corporation. We have the absolute best of staff working with students and this includes numerous award winning teachers. This includes Wabash Valley Golden Apple teachers, Indiana Small and Rural Schools Teachers of the Year and Peabody Energy Leaders in Education award winners. We also have outstanding building administrators and this includes award winners in this realm as well as we have regional Principals of the Year as certified by the Indiana Association of School Principals. We put our absolute best foot forward each and every day. We do this because our students deserve nothing but the absolute best. Our students reward us with the actual results when it comes to the accountability model which leads to the letter grades. However, even more important than this, our students reward us in the end by becoming graduates of Lincoln High School. From here, becomes, "First I was an Alice, now I'm a.........." Fill in the blank with whatever, but we know our graduates are successful and more so productive members of society and this is our true reward and also our reward to Vincennes and to the greater Vincennes area. Whether you are from here or not, once you become a part of the VCSC family you become that of an Alice. For this, we can all be proud.
Thank you for taking time to read not only my welcome to the website but also checking out the many other wonderful things on this webpage about the VCSC. Should you have any questions or need to reach out to me, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 812-882-4844. You can also find me at the many events for which the VCSC offers and talk to me in person. Go Green and Go Alices!
Vincennes Community School Corporation