Their View: Hononegah thankful for community support
Their View: Hononegah thankful for community support
Posted on 05/17/2017
HCHS Fieldhouse LOGOBy David J. Kurlinkus and Lynn M. Gibson

"On April 4, Hononegah Community High School District 207 voters approved the referendum to construct a field house. When the Hononegah dome collapsed in December 2015, it left us with an immediate need for indoor space for physical education, athletic and community events and other activities.

While our teachers, students and administrators found ways to be flexible and adaptable to continue to provide physical education, the situation was not ideal nor was it indicative of a school district that values, expects and enjoys high achievement and performance from its students, faculty and staff. The dome collapse was a loss for the community, too, as many community-wide events that were held in the dome had to find new locations.

Therefore, we are extremely thankful the community voted to move forward with construction of a fieldhouse.

Asking voters to raise their property taxes was not an easy decision nor was it taken lightly. We understand the burden this puts on members of our community, and we are grateful that voters said yes.

Hononegah Community High School is a driving economic force in our community, one that consistently provides a return on investment by turning out top-flight students who are prepared to face the future. Our graduation rate is 93 percent while the state average is 86 percent. Numerous supports and interventions are provided for our students who struggle. Hononegah students also have an ACT average that is two points higher than the state average.

We offer 36 honors and advanced placement courses and extensive electives in career and technical education, fine arts, foreign languages, music and theater arts. More than two-thirds of our students participate in at least one extracurricular activity. In 2015, 250 students were named NIC-10 Scholar Athletes and 90 percent of our students pursue various types of post-secondary education.

Our students also plan career paths that take them to fulfilling jobs, often right in our own community. These are statistics that are worthy of admiration and celebration and are reflective of the strong parental and community support we receive on an ongoing basis. Our faculty, 81 percent of whom hold a master’s degree or higher, and our staff assist students in achieving their academic goals." Read More Here