Greenwood Monthly August 2017

Getting to Know Superintendent Dr. DeKoninck

Working to build solid foundations with community organizations is part of who DeKoninck is. As Rhonda Ochs, school corporation secretary, notes, Dr. DeKoninck “takes to heart the name Greenwood Community School Corporation, realizing how families, extended families, neighbors, service providers and businesses impact the success of GWS students.”

Publisher’s Welcome – Greenwood Schools: A Unique Situation

This magazine tells the stories of the people place and happenings of our community. It would be hard to find something more at the heart of a community than its schools. Greenwood is a “small” city with a unique situation, it contains portions of two school districts and all of one.

The Greenwood school system faces unique challenges. At just 7 square miles in area, it is the second smallest in the state in area, and it is land locked. Clark-Pleasant Schools, Center Grove Schools, and Indianapolis surround it. That means that it is unlikely to see a significant increase in property tax revenue or a large influx of students from new homes.

Those challenges haven’t stopped Superintendent Kent DeKoninck from creating a powerful sense of community around the schools and from increasing the quality of education for the students. At this year’s Greenwood Education Foundation Monte Carlo night DeKoninck discussed a thorough list of school system teachers and staff members who contributed to the school systems on-going improvements.

DeKoninck understands that success of the schools doesn’t end at the school door. He was actively involved in the plans to move the Greenwood Middle School to its new location opening an incredible development opportunity for the city to expand and reinvigorate its downtown. You will find him active in the community. You may find him taking tickets at WAMMfest as part of his role as a member of Sertoma and he is active in Aspire Johnson County, where he is currently chair of the organization.

It may the middle but school is just a few weeks away. At least for our children. However, education doesn’t end at graduation. We highlight two opportunities with Adults Go Back to School and a new program to improve the quality of our workforce with a work ethic certification program.

Jody Veldkamp