Thursday, May 05 2011
Even though EVSC Superintendent Dr. Vince Bertram is stepping down, one of his biggest initiatives is on its way up.
The brand new North Junior High and High School is just months away from completion.
Fox 7's took an exclusive tour around the school on Friday.
Next year, it won't just be new classes for these North High school students.
It'll be a brand new school altogether.
Project Manager George Link was our personal tour guide around the 85 million dollar facility.
We walked with him for an hour...and couldn't cover everything.
That's because this school is designed to handle 3,000 thousand students.
"Whether you're doing a small school for 500 students or a large one for 3,000, they have the same features. It's just different in the scale of it."
The scale of this one is grand.
And all the window's aren't just for show...they're built to save energy.
"You can see the daylighting in here on a cloudy day with no lights on so imagine what it's gonna be like on a sunny day."
Each classroom is equipped with some pretty green features: each light has a daylight sensor, dimmer, and occupancy sensor that automatically adjusts the temperature of the room.
Changes outside the classroom too, from the high school's open, food-court-style cafeteria to its thousand seat-auditorium.
All coming together in less than two years.
"That's a pretty incredible accomplishment. When you look at this in a traditional scale, this would probably be a three year building project."
Link says construction on North Junior High should wrap in august in time for the new school year.
If everything stays on schedule, the high school should be finished in December, allowing students to get settled after winter break.
Thursday, April 21 2011
The superintendent of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation is stepping down.
At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Vince Bertram announced he will be leaving his post as head of the EVSC. He said, "It is very difficult. It has been the most excruciating decision I've ever made."
The announcement came as a shock to many teachers and faculty at the EVSC. Keith Gambill, President of the Evansville Teacher's Association tells News 25, "We were surprised to find out that Dr. Bertram would be leaving."
Gambill praised the relationship they've forge with Bertram over the years and they hope his replacement will be just as open.
"We look forward to building a quality relationship with him as well," says Gambill.
Dr. Bertram is leaving the EVSC to become the chief executive officer of Project Lead the Way, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum program for middle and high schools.
Bertram explained, "It is in all 50 states, serving 4,000 schools and over 400,000 students." He continued, "It's not about success, it's really about doing things that are significant."
Bertram has served four years as superintendent and helped develop the district's Strategic Plan. We're told Bertram will remain as superintendent through the remainder of the school year before starting at PLTW early this summer.
During Monday's press conference, an emotional Bertram thanked the community and his family's support.
The EVSC Board of Trustees said it will begin formulating plan to hire a new superintendent.
Thursday, June 17 2010
An Evansville school has been listed among the top 10 in Newsweek's 2010 rankings of America's Best High Schools. Signature School is seventh on the list. It was created in 2002 as the state's first charter high school. Several schools throughout Indiana are included in this year's rankings.
The Signature School is public, with open admission. But there has been a lottery for incoming freshmen over the past two years because there have been more applicants than openings.
The school is comprised of three downtown buildings.
Newsweek ranks high schools each year based on how hard students are challenged. Only 6 percent of the public schools throughout the country have made the list.
Source: Newsweek & Inside INdiana Business http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/newsitem.asp?ID=42175
Thursday, September 10 2009
The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) is implementing a program to address issues at three schools designated by the state department of education as chronically underperforming. Educators have voted in favor of what the corporation calls the Equity School Concept, which will investigate the needs of each of the schools. EVSC Superintendent Vince Bertram says the schools are in need of fundamental change if educators are going to make a difference with the students.
Educators in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation have voted in favor of the adoption of the Equity School Concept in three EVSC schools – Delaware Elementary, Howard Roosa Elementary, and McGary Middle School. The concept was developed by EVSC personnel and Evansville Teachers Association leadership. Voting through the Evansville Teachers Association took place for the past several days and was completed on Sept 2.
Excellence and Quality Unite in Transforming Youth will investigate the individual needs of each of the schools, which have been identified by the state Department of Education as chronically underperforming schools.
“We must fundamentally change these schools if we are to make a difference for our children,” said Superintendent Vince Bertram during a news conference on Friday (9-4-09). Bertram explained that Equity Schools will include a professional development academy that trains educators for these schools, a longer school year and a change in the structure of the school day.
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett believes that in many cases innovation is necessary for improvement. “The leadership of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in the quest for student success is well documented,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett. “When I look at districts that are known for innovation, the EVSC is one that always is at the front of my mind.”
In order to work at one of these schools, an individual must have successfully completed the professional development academy that will be offered from October 2009 through December 2009 – for a total of 40 hours of training. Participation in this academy is by application and approximately 150 teachers, administrators and counselors will be selected. After completing the academy, teachers will be able to teach in an Equity School, or have the opportunity to take the knowledge gained in the academy out to other schools and build capacity throughout the corporation.
Evansville Teachers Association President Keith Gambill said the program will devote more resources “to teachers in the classroom who understand the children they serve each day.” Applications for participation in the Equity Schools Academy were sent today to administrators, teachers and counselors in the corporation. Individuals will be selected to participate based on responses the employees submit on their application.
Bertram said additional days of instruction and a longer time in the classroom, would be a benefit to students and will be employed at these schools. Teachers and administrators will work collaboratively to determine the school’s structure.
Educators selected for these positions will be compensated for the additional time and effort required to address the needs of our students in these schools. The EVSC is hopeful that these efforts undertaken by these innovative schools will be acknowledged by the awarding of Race to the Top funding, provided through the federal government for innovations in education. “This funding is critical if we are to sustain the expected ground-breaking results that our students and community deserve,” Gambill said.
Source: Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation & Inside INdiana Business http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/newsitem.asp?ID=37567