ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – A new year brings new changes, and it’s always different for every school system. Northwest Allen County Schools Superintendent Chris Himsel talked to First News Saturday about those changes.
The district is one of the last in the area to implement a 1:1 program. Meaning, every student is given a laptop or tablet for schoolwork. This is the first year all sixth to twelfth graders will be given some kind of electronic device.
“We want to engage our kids in meaningful activities,” Himsel said. “We want to support them when things get difficult. We want them to go further than they ever thought possible. One of the things that will help with that this year is all of our students in grade six through 12 will have access to a laptop computing device.”
Start and end times for the school day will also change. In the past, almost all the students started at 7:50 a.m. However, the budget has opened up to get more buses and be able to start a tiered bus system. Himsel said the elementary school day will be from 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The high school day will start at 8:40 a.m.- 3:35 p.m. The middle school day will start at 8:45 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m.
The first day of school for Northwest Allen County Schools is August 11. NewsChannel 15’s Rod Hissong will preview the upcoming year with officials from several area school districts. He’ll kick off live reports Friday in Huntington, starting at 5 a.m. on First News.