In addition, four local businesses – Virtus, Batesville Casket, Heartwood Manufacturing and Batesville Tool & Die – have offered three-hour twice-a-week internships. The participants will rotate businesses every eight weeks. “The idea is to give them a real world experience.” The program, organized by business teacher Cathy Martini, is specialized to fit participants’ interests. The superintendent reported, “We couldn’t do it” without the local businesses.
The schedule: Students attend BHS classes every morning, go to Ivy Tech Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and report to businesses Wednesday and Friday afternoons.
In the second year, students will be paid if companies and teens are mutually interested, which “will let the kids compete for the positions, and let the businesses compete for the kids,” according to Allen.
There were two reasons BCSC staffers ranging from Roberts and all principals to IT employees carpooled between eight to 10 hours to get to a July 23-25 conference at Mooresville Graded School District in North Carolina. The corporation is “highly regarded in terms of its 1:1 implementation” (every child in grades 4-12 has a MacBook Air laptop) and Schol@stic Administrator magazine named it the best school district in America. “We would like to benchmark against those corporations,” said Roberts, especially since BCSC students in grades K-5 will receive their 1:1 (one computer for each child) devices during the 2014-15 school year.
About 300 educators from around the country, even Hawaii, flocked to the event to learn how to change a school’s culture. He admitted, “I wouldn’t mind us having the word BEST across a magazine” in the future.
The attendees listened to two experts, superintendent Dr. Mark Edwards, the American Association of School Administrators 2013 Superintendent of the Year; and Richard Culatta, U.S. Department of Education Office of Education Technology deputy director. He observed, “We definitely learned a lot from going … we also reinforced the things we have already done.” Roberts thanked Jackie Huber, BCSC IT curriculum director, for planning the trip. “We were blessed it was relatively close so we could take as many people as we did.”