The 2013-14 school year came to a close for the Batesville Community School Corp. as students departed their respective buildings at 3 p.m. Friday, May 30. It was a stellar year for the corporation as various accomplishments received in the past nine months allowed it to lay claim as one of Indiana’s very best school systems, reports superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts.
The Indiana Department of Education gave each school building and the corporation as a whole an “A” and deemed all eligible schools as 4-Star. ISTEP+ results ranked No. 1 in southern Indiana and No. 6 across the entire state of Indiana.
The College Board provided national recognition to Batesville High School by naming it to their 2013 Advanced Placement Honor Roll for students scoring a three or better on AP examinations. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce, for the 14th time
in a row, named BHS a Best Buy High School. The Indiana Action for Healthy Kids gave nine gold ratings in 2013, and three of them went to BCSC schools.
Additionally, 1:1 Computing extended to Batesville Middle School with MacBook Air laptop computers provided to students in grades 6-8. A Global Initiative began with the signing of four Memorandums of Understanding with Chinese high schools, a move that paves the way for a student and teacher exchange program.
Through a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, BHS students began traveling to the new Batesville Ivy Tech campus for dual enrollment courses that will provide college credits for transfers and advancement toward specific degrees and credentials. Included in the Ivy Tech effort is an internship program that allows students to gain necessary high school credits at BHS, college credits toward an associate degree at Ivy Tech and valuable work experience at area business partners.
Other highlights from the building level included a successful Sweet Potato Project at both Batesville Primary School and Batesville Intermediate School that allowed students to try a vegetable they had perhaps never eaten. All school gardens continue to receive support from the community, allow for health and science lessons for students and provide food items for classrooms and the cafeterias.