09/01/11 Although area superintendents are more than willing to be transparent when it comes to allowing the public to scrutinize their programs, they are equally as adamant about not letting a letter grade be the only determining factor when parents and school patrons look at their schools.
Triton School Corporation received a “C” overall from the Indiana Department of Education, but Superintendent Carl Hilling doesn’t believe it is a true reflection of the efforts of teachers, administrators, parents and students are making.
TritonJr.-Sr.High School is classified as a “C” school and Triton Elementary came in as a “D” school.
Hilling said, “I feel that the grades are an insult to our teachers and kids.” He explained that there are many different factors that can make a letter grade go up or down.
Argos Schools faired extremely well, ranking as a corporation as an “A” corporation.
Superintendent Jennifer Lucht said, “We have been an exemplary school for many years.”ArgosJr.-Sr.High Schoolwas given an “A” and Argos Elementary received a “B”.
Lucht said, “We have an established staff. We provide solid, basic education.” “Because of our size, we don’t let kids slip through the cracks.” she said. With an approximate 680 enrollment, Lucht believes that can offer a one to one relationship with kids.
She said, “We encourage families to think about the education their child is getting.” She added, “They should ask whether their child is receiving a more than adequate education and decide if the school is truly responsive to their needs.”
Carol Anders Correspondent