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Education

  • PC schools receive Four Star award

    The Indiana Department of Education has announced a second round of Four Star school awards this month, and three Posey County Catholic schools claimed spots in the two rounds of announcements.

    The complete list of Four Star schools in the county includes St. Wendel School in St. Wendel, St. Matthew School in Mount Vernon and St. Philip School in Posey County.

    They made up three of the 13 schools in the Evansville Dioceses to receive the distinction. That is half of all the schools within that diocese.

  • Club receives donation for upcoming trip

    Students in Mount Vernon Junior High’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) group received a $2,000 contribution for their upcoming national trip thanks to local logistics company, WSI. FCCLA is a national volunteer-based student group that established a local chapter at Mount Vernon Junior High in August.

    During its first year, advisor and teacher Tammy Schneider worked to strengthen the new group and increase its presence in the community.

  • High school undergoes administrative changes

    After 15 years as Mount Vernon High School’s top administrator, Tom Russell will serve his final day as a Wildcat next week.

    For Russell, the final two-week push of exams and ceremonies arrive with a sense of finality this year.

    He is leaving after a lengthy career as both an educator and administrator. He is a Mount Vernon graduate, and served as an industrial arts instructor for many years.

  • MSD moves forward with $18M project

    The MSD of Mount Vernon is moving forward with an upcoming $18 million project after the school board approved several financial resolutions April 20.

    Known as the Guaranteed Energy Savings Project, the far-reaching renovation plan will upgrade items like boilers, chillers, windows and HVAC units all across the district. Many of these items are long past their recommended retirement age, and are costing the district money in higher energy costs.

  • Annual performance report shows increase in Mount Vernon graduation rate

     

    Graduation is up and enrollment is down across the Mount Vernon school district, according to an annual report issued by the Indiana Department of Education last week.

    The 2016 School Corporation Annual Performance Report uses data provided by IDOE and local districts to establish how well school corporations are educating students and preparing them for the future.

    Key findings in the report include:

    The high school graduation rate is now at 97 percent, a 7 percent increase from the previous school year.

  • Mount Vernon receives grant for guidance counselors

    High school guidance counselors wear many hats. Helping kids get ready for graduation and college, preparing transcripts and providing emotional support to students are just some of their many job responsibilities.

    Yet, school counselors are often beleaguered with large caseloads, which limits their ability to help students. According to the National Association of College Admission Counseling, Indiana has one of the top six highest student-to-counselor ratios in the country, averaging one counselor for every 620 students.

  • The truth about raises at the MSD of Mount Vernon

    The MSD of Mount Vernon’s recent negotiations with bus drivers and custodians has raised questions in the community. One popular question has been the rate of pay for employees in the district.

    At a recent Mount Vernon school board meeting, Board President Beth McFadin-Higgins expressed concern over how pay raise information in the school district has been reported.

  • Mount Vernon Ag Program gets $2,200 grant

    The Mount Vernon Agriculture Department received a $2,200 award last week as part of the DuPoint Pioneer sponsorship program.

    Mount Vernon Agriculture Teacher Alicia Schmidt first applied for the grant in September. In order to qualify for the grant, the application has to be sponsored by a regional farm. Schmidt received her sponsorship from Kaufman Farms, one of many groups in the community that donates time and resources to the dual junior high/senior high agriculture program.

  • Mount Vernon, North Posey named ‘A’ school districts by state

    The MSD of Mount Vernon was one of only 23 school corporations in the state to receive an “A” rating for the 2015-2016 school year, according to district grades released by the Indiana Board of Education on Jan. 11.

    All elementary schools in the district earned an A and the junior high received a B rating. The high school received an 89.4 rating, which school officials are currently appealing for an A.

    The MSD of North Posey was also named an A school district this year.

  • Fifty North Posey students travel to inauguration

    History teacher Brandon Barrett began planning a trip for 50 North Posey High School students to attend Friday’s Presidential Inauguration a full year before the actual event.

    A year ago, the Republican debates still had eight steady contenders and college campuses were still tagged with ample numbers of Bernie Sanders stickers.  A year ago, nominations were still just speculations, and it was far too early to guess who would win it all in the end.

    For Barrett, it didn’t matter who won.