North Judson-San Pierre Looking for Conversation Starter in Documentary

North Judson-San Pierre High School
North Judson-San Pierre High School

North Judson-San Pierre Schools are hoping a film can start a conversation on the future of their school services.

For three days in February, the school corporation will be showing the film “Rise Above the Mark.” The documentary attempts to explain some of the challenges faced in classrooms in the United States.

North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Lynn Johnson says the film is a follow-up to a public meeting held in December.

“This is not saying that assessments are not important, accountability is important,” says Johnson. “You need to be accountable for taxpayer money, and for what you do, and for kids’ progress. But is this the right way to do it?”

North Judson-San Pierre has been affected, like many rural schools, from cuts enacted in 2010. Revenue has also been lost due to declining enrollment over the years. “Rise Above the Mark” focuses on some of Indiana’s recent school reforms.

Johnson says despite the challenges, the documentary is affirming for her years in public education.

“The film is not a bash on private schools. It is just affirming that we do educate everyone and teachers are doing more and more, working harder and harder, and feeling devalued,” says Johnson.

A meeting will be held in March where the communities can review support for the possibility of a referendum which would continue providing certain services. Consolidation may also be an option proposed to the public.

The film will be shown tonight and February 11th and 19th in the North Judson-San Pierre High School Auditorium.