Late Coach Darrell Kingery honored at Faulkner Relays

May 3rd, 2019

Darrell Kingery joined Clarksville Community Schools in 1984 after nine years at Benton Central High School, where he taught general science, biology, and physical education and coached football, track and cross country.

It was at CHS, where he also taught high school science, that Kingery built a legacy in Southern Indiana. He would coach cross-country for 25 years and track for 26, earning multiple state recognitions and coaching his student-athletes to accolades and titles along the way.

Kingery retired from teaching after the 2010/11 school year but did not retire from coaching; He went on to coach cross country and track and field at Silver Creek High School until his passing last November.

In his coaching career, Kingery led Silver Creek’s boys’ cross country teams to four sectional titles and the boys’ track and field team to a pair of sectional championships. Kingery’s Dragons broke Jeffersonville High School’s 43-year track sectional championship streak in 2014. At Clarksville, he coached Tracy Alexander to the 300-hurdles state championship in 1988 and Amanda Bell to the cross country state championship in 1998 and the 1999 1,600-meter track title. Kingery was a News and Tribune Coach of the Year finalist after leading the Dragons to their first track sectional title in 2014.

Coach Kingery was loved by all who knew him and changed the lives of his students and athletes in the classroom and on the field.

On Thursday, May 4, the Clarksville High School track, where Kingery spent so many afternoons with his student-athletes, was named after the late coach.



ABOVE: Choir instructor for CHS and CMS Emily Stewart sings the national anthem before the dedication ceremony.  Photo by CCSC.

ABOVE: Renaissance Academy Director Brian Allred, a longtime friend and colleague of Kingery, speaks regarding the late coach’s character and legacy.  Photo by CCSC.

ABOVE: Sheila Kingery, Darrell’s wife, addresses the crowd. Photo by CCSC.

ABOVE: Kingery’s family hugs as they look at the new sign dedicated to the late coach. Photo by Tyler Stewart of the News and Tribune.

Former CHS educator, athletic director honored

May 1st, 2019

On the one year anniversary of his passing, Ray Lewis was honored at Gateway Park by the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department.

Ray Lewis served on the Clarksville Parks Board for 27 years and worked in the school corporation for even longer; he was hired in 1964 and retired in 1997. In that time, he taught high school math and worked as the athletic director. He was named regional Athletic Director of the year on two occasions during his career. During his time as an educator, Ray also oversaw the evening men’s basketball adult education program at Clarksville for many years. He passed away on April 30, 2018. 

At Gateway Park, the half-mile walking path around the little league fields was named after Lewis. Known as a lover of the outdoors and recreation, walking in nature was one of Mr. Lewis’ favorite activities.

Family Academy coming April 30

April 20th, 2019

Clarksville Community Schools is hosting a Family Academy, a special event for families in our community who speak more than one language.

This event is in conjunction with The New Neighbors Center at IU Southeast. The night will be centered around the importance of bilingualism and biculturalism in and outside the home and will also include information on formal and informal assessments in school.

We ask that everyone bring their family’s favorite food to share with others. There will also be door prizes, including a 4-pack of free passes to Clarksville Cove Family Aquatic Center.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 30 5:30-7:30

WHERE: Clarksville Elementary School Cafeteria; 700 N. Randolph Avenue

WHO: All families in Clarksville Schools who speak more than one language at home

RSVP: via email to or

Nos gustaría invitar formalmente a las familias de las escuelas Comunitarias de Clarksville que hablan más de un idioma, a una noche solo para usted.

En asociación con The New Neighbors Center en Indiana University Southwest, compartiremos información sobre la importancia del bilingüismo y el biculturalismo dentro y fuera del hogar. También se compartirá información sobre evaluaciones formales e informales en la escuela.

Como una forma de celebrar a nuestras familias, pedimos que todos traigan la comida favorita de sus familias para compartir con otras familias. (Se proporcionarán bebidas.) Es más divertido aprender cuando hay comida! También habrán premios en la puerta, incluido un paquete familiar de 4 pases para un dia gratis en Clarksville Cove Family Aquatic Center.

CUANDO:  Martes,30 de Abril de  5:30-7:30

DONDE: Cafeteria de Clarksville Elementary School

700 North Randolph Avenue

QUIEN: Todas las familias de la escuela de Clarksville (PreK-12) Que hablan más de un idioma en casa.

Por favor responda por correo electrónico @ or

Camp Kindergarten May 9th

April 9th, 2019

Clarksville Elementary Schools’ Camp Kindergarten is Thursday, May 9! Please join us for this fun and special event.

Minor changes to 2018/19 and 2019/20 school calendars

February 13th, 2019

The Clarksville Community School Corp. board of trustees approved three minor changes to the current and upcoming school calendars.

In the 2018/19 school calendar, Oaks Day, May 3rd, and Election Day, May 7, are now optional make-up days.

For the 2019/20 school year, President’s Day, February 17, is now an optional make-up day.

As is the standard, it will be determined no more than seven days in advance if these snow make-up days will be utilized.



Clarksville students earn more than 3,000 free college credits in recent years

January 9th, 2019

Students in Clarksville Community Schools Corp. are already pretty good at earning their high school diplomas. In 2018, 99.1 percent of students graduated from the system according to new data from the Indiana Department of Education. That rate surpasses state and federal averages as well as the rates of neighboring school districts.

But students in Clarksville Community Schools aren’t just graduating with their high school diploma — many are earning college credits before they even don their cap and gown.

In the past five years, nearly 500 Clarksville students earned more than 3,000 college credits in the course of their high school education.

Students have access to a number of dual credit courses (classes which earn both high school and college credit), including Macroeconomics, Psychology, French, Spanish, Calculus, Creative Writing and Intro to Literature. These classes are taught at Clarksville High School, Renaissance Academy or on campus at Ivy Tech Sellersburg.

The classes are completely free to students so long as they receive a C or better. In the 2017/18 school year alone, the district spent more than $126,000 on these courses, ensuring that finances don’t prevent a student from earning as much college credit as they want. 

Don’t just take our word for it — learn from recent graduates just how these courses helped them succeed.

Board reorganizes, members take oath of office

January 8th, 2019

Justin Hansford and April Hauber took their oaths of office during Tuesday’s board of trustees special meeting. Hansford and Hauber both ran to retain their seats uncontested in the November election. Hansford was first elected to the board in the fall of 2014, taking his first oath of office in January 2015. Hauber was appointed to the board Spet. 6th 2016 after Doug Wacker resigned. This is her first elected term.  

Board president Bill Wilson, vice president Justin Hansford and secretary April Hauber each retained their office with unanimous board votes.

Wilson and Hauber were also voted president and secretary of the finance committee, respectively.

Clarksville Community Schools’ graduation rates go up — again

January 4th, 2019

For the fourth year in a row, Clarksville Community Schools’ graduation rate has outpaced state and federal graduation rates as well as the rates of its neighbors. In 2018, 99.1 percent of Clarksville High School and Renaissance Academy students received their diplomas.

That is more than 11 points higher than state and federal rates, 3 points higher than Greater Clark County Schools Corp., 6.5 points higher than New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. and 5.4 points higher than West Clark Community Schools Corp.

This is also the fourth year in a row that Clarksville Community Schools’ graduation rate has improved, moving from 95 percent in 2015 to 96.7 in 2016 to 98.8 percent in 2017 and, most recently, 99.1 percent.

Renaissance Academy Director Dr. Brian Allred credits the high rate to the one on one attention each student receives.

“We are very, very aware of our kids and where they are,” Dr. Allred said. “Our counselors and administrators are constantly working with kids, making sure if they don’t have the courses or credits, they get those made up. We are always on them.”

Though a smaller district can pose challenges — a student or two equates to an entire percentage point — the benefit is a smaller population makes it easier to keep track of students and ensure “no one falls between the cracks” according to Dr. Allred. 

Clarksville High School Principal Adrienne Goldman said the rate is high because “we push, pull or drag them in to get them graduated. We don’t let up … We make it a priority to make sure we are checking on them and making sure they are doing what they need to. Especially our kids who are in jeopardy.”

To district superintendent Tina Bennett, the teachers, counselors and principals make the difference by “making connections with students and personalizing their education so that we are able to help them attain their diplomas and address any gaps along the way.”

“I couldn’t be more proud,” she added.


Clarksville High student nabs Lilly Scholarship

December 27th, 2018

Bethany Johnson always knew she wanted to pursue higher education after graduating high school.

“Ever since I was little I always wanted to go to college,” Bethany said. “It’s something I’ve seen for so long. Ever since I was little, I knew a lot of people in high school … and I knew they went to college right away so I knew I wanted that college experience.”

Bethany already had the grades and determination to make her dream come true and attend Ball State University; she was accepted by the university in November. Recently, another important piece fell into place — the finances. Bethany is one of just two students in Clark County to receive the Lilly Scholarship, made possible by the Lilly Endowment. The scholarship covers her full tuition for four years and up to $900 in textbook and technology costs annually.

For Bethany, who hopes to study Theater Education and one day take over for Clarksville High School’s Theater Director Dan Bullington, the prospect of graduating without debt makes it that much easier to pursue education.

“I think it’s going to help a lot because I was really worried about how I was going to pay [student loans], especially wanting to go into education because you don’t make as much money in education as you would in something like IT. Not coming out with a ton of student loans is definitely going to be so beneficial in the long run.”

Though the Lilly Scholarship covers her upcoming tuition costs, Bethany will have 27 college credit hours under her belt by the time she graduates also at no cost to her. She has taken seven dual credit classes so far and will take two more this spring, paid for by Clarksville Community Schools. Those classes boosted her GPA above a 4.0 and prepared her for what lies ahead at Ball State next fall. She says taking so many dual credit classes wouldn’t have been possible if the district didn’t cover the cost and if she didn’t have mentors in her school.

“I think if they weren’t free I probably would not have been able to take them just because of my family’s financial situation in the past. I’m really grateful they were free and that I did get the opportunity to take them,” Bethany said.

She thanks counselor Christine Allred for pushing her to take dual credit classes and Dan Bullington for developing her love of theater, which drove her to her major of choice.

Renaissance Academy students keep peers fed over break

December 19th, 2018

While students across the district are readying for respite from classes and homework, there’s something else that Holiday Break brings: time off from school lunches and breakfasts. Though not all students struggle with food insecurity, there is a safety net for those who do. 

Renaissance Academy students spent their Wednesday morning preparing more than 100 food bags that will go home with certain students throughout the corporation before break starts. Items filling the bags include pop tarts, canned soup, fruit snacks, instant noodles and popcorn; meals that children can easily open and prepare on their own. Ahead of Wednesday, Renaissance Academy students took inventory of the food donations they received and shopped to fill any gaps. Bags of food items are sent home before each of the three school  breaks in the year. 

Senior Jordan Cunningham, who has helped assemble bags for four years now, said “it’s a cool way to see what the community does for the school and being a part of that is nice. I don’t live in Clarksville, so it’s nice to say you’re a part of something in the community.”

Cunningham also said he will be able to enjoy his time off a little more knowing that other students in the community are taken care of and not going without. 

The event is made possible by Clarksville Cares, a nonprofit that works within the school district. For more information on Clarksville Cares and how you can help, head here