By Meira Bienstock
For The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. — With the recessive economy taking its toll in America, budget cuts are being made across Indiana, causing cities like Anderson to make many changes, especially to Anderson Community Schools.
The elementary schools, whose grades normally included K-5, are now being split into an intermediate school; the middles schools are joining together to form one middle school, which will be placed in the current Highland High School. All high schools students will be going to Anderson High School on the city’s south side.
“These intermediate schools will be very large because there are only two in the city,” says Stephanie Moran, who has three children in the Anderson Community Schools. “I’m hopeful the transition will be fine. Not totally confidant. We’ve never transitioned that young of a child to that large of a school.”
Moran, who has a daughter in fourth grade, a son in sixth grade, and another child who’s a sophomore at Highland, will be facing all aspects of the change.
“I am hopeful that all three of my children will transition into new buildings and environments next year. Because there’s a lot of variables not known, I’m cautious but also confident that they will do well. I think we’re on the road to something better.”
These changes will result in less of community feel, said Moran. She describes how the change will be sending everyone in different directions.
However, Moran sadi she will not be leaning toward a private or charter school but staying with the ACS.
Moran, whose daughter went to Killbuck Elementary, liked the atmosphere of the school. All the teachers and administrators were concerned that every child succeeded and was pushed to their fullest potential.
Concerning the future of the Anderson schools, Moran says, “I think we are at a place where we are beginning to think more strategically. We can see there have been challenges. The school and the community are finding ways to meet those challenges. We have to come together so our youth can be successful.”
With an upcoming school-board election, new members will be joining the ACS board. This will mean fresh ideas to improve the school system.
“With some fresh leadership I believe we can get back on track and become academically competitive. I believe we have a bright future.”
Moran describes her idea of an ideal school in Anderson.
“A perfect school to me would be a place where students can achieve their maximum potential and become responsible citizens. It would prepare them for higher education, competitive employment opportunities, the ability to relate with diverse population, and recognize the value of character.”