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Bon Air Middle School in Kokomo will reopen as a technology school for the 2013-2014 school year, something the Kokomo-Center Consolidated School Corporation hopes will attract students and increase choice for residents already within the school’s district.
In 2011, Kokomo-Center Schools closed two of its four middle schools when state education officials declared the corporation needed to be more efficient. Two years later, Bon Air Middle School is reopening and giving students tablet computers for classes there.
Kokomo-Center spokesman Dave Barnes says officials hope having the choice of three middle schools will help win an increasingly fierce competition for students among the five school corporations in the county.
“The state kind of changed the game on us quite honestly, and they changed the formula,” he says. “We were trying to be proactive in doing what they said would result in the best results for everybody economically. We are seeing now, we are in competition now quite honestly, for students and keeping students.”
But other school corporations in the area do not see Bon Air as a major concern. Eastern Howard School Corporation Superintendent Tracy Caddell says he is not worried about the competition.
“I welcome the competition,” he says. “We already have a one-to-one middle school in Howard County, and it’s called Eastern Howard Junior/Senior High. All of our 7th and 8th graders already have iPads for home and school use.”
The remaining middle school that closed after the state demanded more efficiency has also reopened, but as a magnet elementary school focusing on international studies.