Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

October 9, 2013

BCSC planning for future of high school


Hendricks County Flyer

---- — BROWNSBURG — The Brownsburg Community School Corporation (BCSC) held the first of eight meetings last Tuesday as part of an initiative to determine a course of action for the future of the high school.

The initiative is known as “The Legacy of Brownsburg High School, a Foundation for the Future.”

At Monday’s school board meeting, John Voigt, BCSC chief operations officer, explained what the first meeting entailed and what the remaining seven will as well.

“We had our first meeting this past Tuesday and it was relatively well attended,” Voigt said. “There were probably 20 to 25 members of the public that were present. As we did with the Senior Academy and high school projects in the past, a presentation was provided.”

Among those presenting were Brownsburg High School Principal Bret Daghe and BCSC Superintendent Jim Snapp.

As for the purpose of the meetings, Voigt explained it’s mainly BCSC figuring out what its next steps are for the future of the high school.

“All the focus of those meetings is really on identifying what the issues are that we’re trying to resolve, whether they’re curricular or facility condition or safety and security issues within the high school,” he said. “We’ll then take a break over the holidays and come back together on Jan. 6, and then we’ll start meeting about once a month. The meetings in the second semester have more to do with, (after) having identified these issues, how do we start to identify the solutions that would address those issues? (This will include) things like how do we start to sequence ourselves through this work — whatever it might turn out to be?”

Another important component, he said, was to make sure the high school is able to function during whatever upgrades or renovations will be happening.

“Because we think so much of it is going to be happening in the very heart of the building where the majority of our students are … (and) we don’t have a lot of room in the building to move students around to do work, while the building is occupied — that’s going to become a critical component as we move forward,” Voigt said. “This is all aiming toward a completion in April at the end of the school, (then) we’ll begin to decide where (we) go next. (This) is really a master plan, a road map, if you will, of how we’re going to work through this process over the next several years.”

The next meeting will take place today at the high school.

“They are all at 6:30 p.m. at the LGI (room) in the high school,” Voigt said. “We have a total of four meetings that we’re trying to get in before Thanksgiving. We meet about every week or so, or every two weeks because of fall break.”

The remaining meeting dates are Oct. 30, Nov. 13, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3, and April 21.

After each meeting, the presentation, as well as audience questions and answers, will be posted on the corporation’s website. To see the postings of each meeting, visit the website at www.brownsburg.k12.in.us/index.php/communication/bhs-fftf2.