TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - The Tippecanoe School Corporation is welcoming 80 new teachers to the growing district as classes begin Tuesday.
Superintendent Scott Hanback said there are a lot of new things to be excited for this year. Three new principals have moved to the corporation. That includes at Southwestern Middle School, Klondike Middle School and Woodland Elementary. Of the 80 new teachers, Hanback said 20 are brand new positions.
Hanback said building projects have wrapped up at East Tipp Middle School and the district is in the middle of an expansion at Battle Ground Middle School. The expansion projects at the high schools are expected to be completed by August 2021.
As school heads back, Hanback said one of the biggest topics the district is trying to address this year is educators having too much on their plate.
He said more responsibilities are being added, and nothing is going away. Right now, it's the school's job to teach everything from reading and writing to sex education and physical activity.
Hanback said the mandates take time and resources to implement. That's why the corporation is helping alleviate the burden for teachers. He said the TSC will stagger trainings so teachers can meet the requirements, but still have time to influence students in the classroom.
"What we can do from our end is make sure that we have a good understanding of what those requirements are, and then building a deployment schedule where we are not inundating our staff every single year," said Hanback.
Hanback said school safety and mental health still are on the top of the list of obstacles schools work to overcome. The TSC received more than $1 million in grant money last month for mental and emotional needs for students. The money will be used for professional development for teachers and student programs.