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Loogootee Schools Rank In Top 10 For Highest Teacher Bonuses

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Teachers in Indiana’s wealthiest schools are set to receive the majority of the states $40 million in teacher bonuses, but one low income school corporation broke the top ten.

Loogootee Community School Corporation ranks eighth on the list of highest teacher bonuses. ISTEP scores and graduation rates are two deciding factors in a school's ranking.

Loogootee Superintendent Chip Mehaffey says he was happily surprised to see his school corporation in the top 10.

"Most of the schools, I think pretty much all of them except for us are large suburban schools," Mehaffey says.

The other nine schools are some of the wealthiest communities in Indiana. Hamilton County tops the list, with a median household income nearly double of that in Martin County, where Loogootee is located. Mehaffey says the high ranking is validation of the school corporation's hard work.

"We’ve put a lot of strategy into the lessons being used in all three of our buildings here," Mehaffey says. "It's nice to see that the hard work our teachers are putting in is paying off."

Last year, Loogootee started a program called “What I Need” - a help period where students focus solely on classes they need to focus on. The Department of Education hopes to implement this program in other schools across the state.

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