A Day of "Firsts" For EACS

By Jeff Neumeyer

August 13, 2013 Updated Aug 13, 2013 at 5:15 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Tuesday was a day of "firsts" in the East Allen County school system.

On the first day of classes, the district's new superintendent made the rounds, getting acquainted with students and staff.

For EACS Superintendent Ken Folks, August 13th was like taking a maiden voyage over and over and over.

He was on a whirlwind tour, visiting Prince Chapman Academy and other buildings in the school corporation.

" It was a blast. I've been to probably 8 of our schools already. I plan to get to all of them and it's just very welcoming," said Folks, who came to East Allen from Marion Community Schools.

As far as some of the big issues confronting the education field, Folks concedes the widespread computer glitches associated with ISTEP+ exams last year raises suspicions about the testing.

" Do we want to continue along the ISTEP path? Do we want to look at a different way of assessing our students, but we have to assess to make sure that they have mastered the standards," Folks said.

If you're running a district these days, one of the big concerns is school safety.

The national debate is whether administrators and teachers should be armed in school buildings.

Folks recalls that was the practice years ago in Lake County Indiana, near Chicago.

" They only did it if those teachers or administrators were deputized, who were part of a law enforcement agency, so I think at this point, my opinion is, let's leave it to law enforcement," Folks said.

As far as the vote taken by the Fort Wayne Community Schools Board, rejecting the state's A to F grading system for schools, Folks doesn't believe the current system is fair, but he says it's a subject that he has yet to broach with the East Allen school board.

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