Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

June 28, 2013

BHS earns state AP distinction

Over a quarter of students who took the rigorous courses passed

Debbie Blank The Herald-Tribune
The Batesville Herald-Tribune

---- — Two successes for current and future Batesville High School students were detailed at the June 24 Batesville Community School Corp. meeting.

Batesville was one of 34 Hoosier high schools applauded June 21 at the fifth annual Indiana Advanced Placement Access and Success Recognition Reception at the Indiana Statehouse for achieving an AP course pass rate of 25 percent or more, superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts announced. Twenty-eight percent of BHS seniors took AP courses.

The event, which also recognized nine as “highest growth” schools, was sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education and College Board, which oversees AP and SAT programs. AP is a research-backed method to facilitate student participation and success through the delivery of college-level courses and corresponding exams in the high school setting to qualified students.

The second advancement: Roberts pointed out Batesville Tool & Die officials “need to be celebrated for their leadership” in development an internship program with Ivy Tech Community College so that participating BHS students can graduate with almost enough credits for associate degrees.

“We’re looking for up to six businesses” to work with interns, he reported. Virtus and Batesville Casket may take part. BHS incoming principal Andy Allen said four teens have signed up so far for the program, which starts this fall.

Trustees are insuring the four buildings are poised for future growth. They decided last month they want to lower heating and air-conditioning costs at Batesville Primary School and BHS. BCSC attorney Doug Wilson drafted a request for qualifications to choose an energy savings vendor for work to begin in summer 2014 and two large Hoosier firms responded. Wilson suggested the board could move in several directions. According to Roberts, “You could choose a vendor based on submissions, or put out a later request for proposals,” which could list projects and their energy paybacks. He asked for one or two board members to review submissions and determine the next step. Cindy Blessing, who will be sworn in as a new trustee at July’s meeting, and Ray Call volunteered.

Two houses on West Pearl Street near the Batesville intermediate and middle schools are on the market or will be soon. Roberts wondered if trustees wanted to act. Property purchases there would “give us long-term flexibility” if more space is needed in the future, trustee Mike Bettice pointed out. The superintendent promised, “We’ll do some additional investigation.”

Debbie Blank can be contacted at debbie.blank@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.