School fix-ups moving forward: Coming renovation will add alternative academy to district

A renovated Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson schools building that will house an alternative academy and an adult education center should be open by next school year.

The school district plans to spend about $300,000 renovating the Ragsdale building, a former administration building now used for storage, by adding Internet access and creating classroom space.

Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson currently offers alternative courses for four students who struggled in traditional classes through the Educational Resource Center in Edinburgh. But Superintendent Matt Prusiecki wants to create an alternative program that’s open to more students.

By renovating the Ragsdale building, the school district could offer the alternative program to as many as 15 students, Prusiecki said.

The work also will allow the school district to open an adult education center.

The center would be open to current Indian Creek High School students who wanted to take the courses offered. But the school district also wants to provide classes for former students, including those who dropped out, who want to make up courses they missed or begin work on a college degree, Prusiecki said. The school district has started having conversations with Ivy Tech Community College about course options.

“The focus will be some high school courses, but we’re looking definitely at adult education,” Prusiecki said.

Specific details about who could enroll in the alternative academy or adult education center are still being worked out. The renovated building would likely have room for a total of 50 to 75 students between the alternative academy and adult education center.

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