TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - It's 12,000 and counting for the Tippecanoe School Corporation (TSC). Increasing enrollment means at least one school could reopen.
TSC enrollment this fall was at 12,038 this fall, the highest in the district's history. It's an increase of 86 students over last year.
It comes after an increase of more than 300 students in 2012. It was the first major increase for TSC after three years of an average increase of 30 students or so.
Superintendent Scott Hanback says feasibility studies are almost complete for building renovations at Burnett Creek and Woodland Elementary Schools. Plus he thinks it may be time to reopen the old Battle Ground Middle School to serve as an intermediate school for perhaps 4th and 5th graders.
"It is what it is. I would much rather be a growing school district than a declining enrollment school district. But again, TSC stands ready to meet the challenge because it's been part of our history," said Hanback.
The TSC school board also approved hiring Sue Scott into a newly created position of Coordinator of Communications. She's a former WLFI anchor and reporter who had most recently been working at IU Health Arnett.
Hanback says her role will be to improve communications with parents and the media.
She'll work 252 days a year with an annual salary of $60,000.
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