Statement issued Wednesday:
Identifying a county-wide approach as the best method to move Adams County to the forefront, the three school systems; Adams Central Community Schools, North Adams Community Schools, and South Adams Schools, approved at their January meetings the development of a county-wide common school schedule for all public-school students in Adams County.
This first of many initiatives being discussed opens additional doors for cooperation within this northeast Indiana county.
“This is a tight-knit and hard-working community, and many of our county’s families live, work, and socialize together, even with their students attending school in different districts,” Scot Litwiller, South Adams Schools Superintendent stated, “this gives our county residents an additional opportunity for collaboration.”
The three Superintendents made the recommendation to their School Boards after determining a unified approach was needed to answer many of the challenges facing Adams County, as well as every other community in Indiana and the nation.
“In place of people saying Decatur has a high school, Monroe has a high school, and Berne has a high school – we now replace that talk with Adams County has three high schools with individual strengths complimenting each other,” Adams Central Community Schools Superintendent Mike Pettibone said, “our K-12 education in Adams County is second to none!”
“Success for Adams County, whether it’s educational, economic, financial, or any other area will only be realized when the entire county works toward a common goal,” Dr. Wylie Sirk, North Adams Community Schools Superintendent stated, “this model can be adapted anywhere, and we invite other communities to make similar efforts.”
Numerous other initiatives have been discussed by the three educational leaders including workforce development, adult education, leadership, entrepreneurial development, district collaboration for additional student educational opportunities, further calendar changes, and other actions to enhance economic development of Adams County and northeast Indiana.
Larry Macklin, Adams County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director, stated this when meeting with the visionary group, “It’s heartening to see this group who represents the entire county working together. Through efforts like this, Adams County will become a leader in developing a vibrant and successful economy!”
Although the schedules of the three systems have at times had similar breaks and other date-specific events, this is the first time in recent history that a concerted effort has taken place to coordinate the thousands of students, families, and community partners within and around the county who rely upon school calendars for scheduling. All three Superintendents offered an open invitation to the private and parochial schools in Adams County to join them in the common calendar, reiterating the need for the entire county to move together.