Supt. MessageDreams, Desires and Destiny
Culver Community Schools Corporation has a dream of attracting families to Culver Schools and community. In order to attract families who wish to become year round residents within our school corporation boundaries, we need to increase both our curricular and extracurricular programs. We already have many students who excel academically with recognition as Lily Scholars, 21st Century Scholars, and many university scholarship recipients. We currently have outstanding, award-winning extracurricular programs such as Future Farmers of America, Business Professionals of America, and our band and choir ensembles. However, our numbers are few in each of these due to the overall enrollment. As superintendent, I, Karen Shuman, would like community members to share their dreams for Culver schools.
As superintendent, I wish to see the school corporation serve the community desires to the greatest capacity. One way capacity is built is to support our teachers, coaches, and staff in salary, benefits, and professional development. We have begun this process this past school year by working with Marzano Institute to become a High Reliability school that focuses on student growth and achievement by meeting the students where they are and helping them master beyond the standards. We were able to give teachers a three percent raise this year after they had not had a raise in four years. We were able to absorb some of an insurance increase for staff and teachers due to many cuts that were implemented in the past five years. We are able to provide the community, Culver Boys and Girls Club, and non-profit organizations use of our facilities and grounds to build their youth programs. We provide summer lunch programs to 7 communities to ensure children have good nutrition throughout the summer. We wish to sustain these programs and build them.
The cuts of the past created the stability of today, but now it is time to grow for tomorrow. We residents of the Culver area are at a good pivotal point of being able to grow as a community and as a school. In order to grow and continue the financial trends over the next 5 or more years, Culver Community Schools needs more revenue. Revenue can be increased by: growing enrollment; increasing corporation geographical size; or increasing tax rates.
Culver Community Schools destiny is based on increasing enrollment, expanding programs, and maximizing dollars to recruit and retain the best of the best staff and teachers. Families decide where to take roots based on the quality of schools, availability of jobs, and general quality of life.
Currently, Culver Community Schools Corporation asks for 44 cents for each 100 dollars of assessed valuation. This is the lowest tax rate for the whole state of Indiana. Culver Community Schools is investigating the need to increase this tax rate through a referendum.