Information provided by the Committee on School Turnarounds: The State Board of Education’s (SBOE) Committee on School Turnarounds visited two turnaround schools in Evansville on Oct. 22 then offered praise for the progress they witnessed within the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) at their afternoon meeting. The Committee also provided a history of turnaround efforts in Indiana and heard presentations from EVSC, the Office of Transformational Support (OTS), and Mass Insight Education, who is assisting OTS.

Janet Boyle, assistant executive director of the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) in Indianapolis, presented to the EVSC Board of School Trustees on Oct. 20, regarding the newly endorsed status of EVSC's Early College High School innovative program. She said EVSC is the eighth Early College in the state to receive the high quality endorsement.

Bosse teacher and coach Shane Burkhart was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). Shane was nominated by student Quentavian Stewart for the award that recognizes outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the classroom.Shane Burkhart, teacher

The Area Council PTA clothing solution - Hangers -- is planning an Open House on Friday, Oct. 24, from 3:30-6:30 p.m.  Hangers staff will be on hand to guide tours and answer questions.  Light refreshments will be served. 

Hangers is located in the AIS-Diamond campus building.  Entrance to Hangers is at the 800 block of Wedeking Avenue, just east of Stringtown Road.

A benefit for the Jacob Ball Wish Fund, Les Miserables, is planned Oct. 21 and 22, at 7 p.m. at the Academy for Innovatives Studies-Diamond campus.

This Broadway musical is being produced to benefit the Wish Fund, establsihed in Spring 2013, when Jacob Andrew Schriber Ball passed away at the young age of 12.  The fund grants wishes of EVSC special education teachers to give their students extraordinary experiences and/or developmental skill builders that would otherwise not be available.

All of the actors in the production are donating their time and expertise to the fund.

The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation has seen “unprecedented and historic improvement” in its school accountability grades, said Superintendent David Smith. “Although the Indiana State Board of Education tabled their approval of school grades until its Nov. 5 meeting, we wanted to share with the community the general improvement the EVSC has seen.  This year, preliminary data shows an increase in schools receiving the letter grade “A,” and now half of our schools are receiving an A or B -- a 300% improvement over two years ago.”

Anyone wanting to learn more about career opportunities in our region, will want to take advantage of the Tour of Opportunity on Saturday, Oct. 18.  There are many locations to tour, and also businesses that can't be toured, will be on-site at cMoe, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To learn more, go to:

EVSC’s Early College is planning its College Quest Open House on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 5:30-6:30 Ivy Tech Community College, Room 115/117. The event is designed for current eighth grade students and their families, in preparation for next school year’s enrollment beginning students high school career.

EVSC students at AIS-First Avenue, and New Tech Institute have been named winners of the city's annual Operation Hot Mess competition. The event - which drew about 500 participants around the Wesselman Park area and other designated parts of Evansville -- collected trash throughout the area.

New Tech received the award for the largest student turnout while AIS-First received the award for the highest percent of its school enrollment participating in the event.  Click here to see coverage of the event.

Are you looking for a career change?  The EVSC Office of Transportation wants potential employees to know that bus drivers are “driving our future with part-time hours and full-time benefits,” said Director of Transportation Mike Mentzel. The EVSC is hosting a Bus Driver Career Fair on Wednesday, October 22, from 8 a.m. to noon at the EVSC Administration Building, located at 951 Walnut Street.