October 20, 2008

Area Alternative School ‘Graduates’ to New Location

WHITELAND, Ind., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- An area alternative high school that provides a fresh start for at-risk students from Whiteland High School is getting a new beginning of its own. On October 28 Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation and Indianapolis-based non-profit Simon Youth Foundation will unveil the new site of Clark Pleasant Academy (CPA).

Clark Pleasant Academy was established in 2005 to serve students at-risk of not earning their diplomas. At CPA, students meet Indiana Department of Education requirements and earn their diplomas from Whiteland Community High School. Instead of the standard classroom setting, however, CPA utilizes computer-based learning, the academic day consists of a three-hour blocks, and every student participates in community-outreach activities.

After the school quickly outgrew its original location, the district set out to build a school that could meet the enrollment needs as well provide a setting designed specifically for its students and staff. The district partnered with Indianapolis-based nonprofit Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) to build the new school.

"The academic achievement of our students remains the top priority for Clark-Pleasant School Corporation," said Howard Young, Board President. "By partnering with Simon Youth Foundation we have the opportunity to provide high school students with the means to overcome various situational barriers to obtain their high school diplomas and learn career skills necessary for the future."

The new school enhances the learning environment, and is eco-friendly. Throughout the school, a "green" touch can be found in the building's materials. The carpeting used has received the Carpeting and Rug Institute's green label rating and does not use glue, the tile is made with recycled materials, and the paint is part of Sherwin William's GreenSure line that uses sustainable materials and reduces vapors.

In addition, Trane, a leading global provider of energy efficient indoor comfort systems and services, donated, installed a state-of-the-art, high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system for the school and will provide free maintenance for three years. The system includes "Clean Effects" air cleaners, humidity control, energy-recovery modules, and Trane's Tracer Summit(R) building automation system, through which the school's climate, lighting, energy consumption, and other controllable features can all be programmed and managed. The system is designed to provide an environmentally responsible and enhanced leaning environment. Trane will also provide a curriculum called "the BTU Crew," instructing students on how to make and keep buildings more energy efficient.

"Creating ideal learning environments for students and teachers is a top priority for Trane, particularly in the state of Indiana," said David Sommer, leader for Trane's commercial

systems business in Indiana. "We understand the urgency to outfit schools like Clark Pleasant

Academy with the systems that create comfortable, quiet and allergy-free learning environments, and ultimately take some of distraction out of the classroom. We're pleased to provide the systems, services and applications knowledge that not only meet this demand, but are energy efficient and environmentally responsible."

Through its partnership with SYF, CPA joins a network of 24 highly-successful schools SYF has established in collaboration with school districts in 11 states. SYF schools, called Education Resource Centers, have graduated 5,000 students and maintained a 90% graduation rate nationwide, despite serving a population of solely at-risk students.

SYF's schools are primarily located in malls but CPA, located on the grounds of Whiteland High School, is one of its first non-mall sites. The school will, however, have ties with Greenwood Park Mall, including an office located inside the mall and the opportunity for students to gain employment and mentors.

CPA will also benefit from student and teacher enhancement opportunities through its partnership with SYF. Graduates will be eligible for SYF's post-secondary scholarships, staff will have access to its annual conference, and enrichment funds for students and teachers will be provided on an annual basis.

"Simon Youth Foundation could not be more pleased about the collaboration with Clark Pleasant Community School Corporation on this very important project" said SYF Executive Vice President, Dr. Richard Markoff. "Any time we are able to extend our reach here in Indiana by opening another ERC is a special occasion, and I'm confident this school will be looked to as a model for quality alternative education not only in Indiana, but across the country."

Simon Youth Foundation, established in 1998, exists to foster and improve educational opportunities, career development, and life skills that transform the lives of at-risk youth through focused programs and initiatives with our public school and post secondary education partners. SYF accomplishes its mission through two initiatives: alternative schools called Education Resource Centers and a post-secondary scholarship program. Its 24 ERCs have graduated more than 5,000 students at an 90 percent rate, and more than $5.9 million has been awarded in post-secondary scholarships.

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