All but one of Jennings County's schools earned what might be called honor roll and honorable mention recognition.
The Indiana Department of Education has issued its annual letter grades - officially known as School Accountability Grades - for all schools for 2017-2018. These grades, which also include a percentage number with them, are based on results of Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-plus (ISTEP) exams taken by students in grades 3-8 and 10 last spring.
Six of the eight schools in the Jennings County School Corporation (JCSC) system increased their grades from the previous year while two dropped but only slightly.
"Our schools gained 243 total growth points," reported Katie Brennan, JCSC's director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, reported to the school board Thursday. "I commend the JCSC staff and students. Great job."
School board member Earl Taggart agreed.
"I give my heartfelt thanks to the students, teachers, administrators and our superintendent (Teresa Brown)," he said. "This improvement just didn't happen. They all need to be congratulated."
Lilly Walker, 6, left, and her sister, Gracie, 4, of North Vernon are overjoyed to talk with Santa Claus during Sunday's Christmas in the City festivities in downtown North Vernon. A story and more photos are on page 1B.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer