The initiative is one of 52 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants awarded through the Indiana Department of Education in 2010.
The morning meeting included presentations from Cloverdale Superintendent Dr. Carolyn B. Milner, Cloverdale High School Principal and Western Indiana Knoy Assistant Director Sonny Stoltz, Western Indiana Knoy Program Director Dr. Kirk Freeman, Western Indiana Knoy Curriculum Coordinator Nicki Manion, Implementation Specialist-Indiana Apangea Learning Becky Reich and Chelsea Mann, 21st CCLC, Office of Integrated Services, Indiana Department of Education.
Other Putnam County representatives at the meeting including North Putnam Assistant Principal Jason Chew, Greencastle Principal Randy Corn, Greencastle Assistant Principal Russ Hessler, South Putnam Principal Kieth Puckett, South Putnam Assistant Principal Dan Bain and South Putnam Guidance Counselor Becky Brothers.
The innovative program is designed to address the "drop-out cycle" in the first unified attempt to truly meet the needs of non-traditional students. Western Indiana Knoy Learning Centers will utilize technology, expertise and experience of participating schools to assist students who struggle to obtain their high school diploma.
The program holds the promise of increasing graduation rates for participating schools with the long-term goal of a more skilled and educated workforce for the state of Indiana.
For more information regarding the program, including specific contact information for participating schools, call the Knoy Resource Center at 795-2495, ext. 5563.