Indiana Secretary of Education, Dr. Kate Jenner, stopped by Washington High School Wednesday afternoon where she witnessed first-hand the work Washington Community Schools is doing to create educational pathways for students to succeed in and out of the classroom.
“Walking in here, everyone is so welcoming and nice but also full of hope,” said Jenner, Hoosier State’s first Secretary of Education, who toured the school including the historic Hatchet House. “You don’t just talk, you do it. This is a country school. You told me earlier you don’t say no. It’s always yes, and then you figure out how to do it and you get back to designing tracks.”
Jenner praised the school’s efforts to give all students a path to success.
“No matter what a student’s path is, they have a path,” she said.
In addition to meeting with WCS students, Jenner also had the opportunity to speak with Superintendent Kevin Frank, Associate Superintendent Steve Peterson, WHS Principal Brian Holland, Career Coach Chad Niehaus, Mayor of Washington, WHS alumna Dave Rhodes, and Daviess County Economic Development Corporation founder Jill Campbell , former WCS instructor Don Spellman and ROI’s Mitchie McClain.