Batesville Community Education Foundation

The Batesville Community Education Foundation (BCEF) was established to provide additional funding for innovative learning opportunities that go beyond the basics in academics, athletics, and the arts in the Batesville public schools, enhancing the educational environment for all students.   A few projects supported by the BCEF that enhance the integration of technology in the classroom include:


 FLEXIBLE LEARNING SPACES

IMG_4302 Sandy Classroom

$20,000 was donated by BCEF to supplement grant money received by the school corporation from the State of Indiana for installation of flexible learning spaces.  Instead of stationary desks, classrooms are outfitted with a variety of seating and desk options, which give teachers and students the ability to tailor the learning environment based on the type of instruction.  Initially, one classroom at each of the four BCSC buildings is transformed for the flexible learning space initiative.  Teachers involved in this pilot phase are Paul Satchwill (BHS), Chase Mears (BMS), Eric Peetz (BIS), and Sandy Westerfeld (BPS).

 


UNIQUE INTERACTIVE VIDEO CONFERENCING IN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

BHS science teacher Taira Lynch received funds from BCEF toward two interactive video conferencing sessions through the Center of Science and Industry for use in a new Human Anatomy and Physiology course at BHS.  Students will be provided an experience that goes above and beyond a regular anatomy class. A kidney transplant and an autopsy will be viewed with a group conference webcam while students perform interactive assignments.

 


$37,500 TO BMS LAPTOPS

The largest donation provided by BCEF was a $37,500 pledge over four years, including $15,000 in the first year, to BMS for the 1:1 digital initiative. The donation allowed the corporation to keep parent book bills for the computers approximately the same as they have been in recent years for books. Every student in grades 6 – 12 in the BCSC currently has a laptop computer, enabling our students the best preparation for the technical world in which they will live and work.