Lunch lines test cafeteria workers and teachers, at least a few, have no classroom to call home. Silver Creek High pays for being a hot school, for growing faster than, in some ways, it can keep up. With 900 students and more expected, Silver Creek strains to manage its popularity.
Better to be respected, though, to be believed worth any trouble. “It’s a lot more good than bad,” Jacob, a junior, said.
“I can be proud to say I’m from Silver Creek,” Bailey Miller, another junior, said.
The challenges of Silver Creek, in Sellersburg, begin with its building. The school is on a roll despite too much of the facility that remains mostly as it was when it opened more than a half-century ago. The West Clark Community Schools commit to three high schools — Borden and Henryville, as well as Silver Creek — and typically divide money. Mike Crabtree, Silver Creek’s principal since 1992, realizes demands on the school board but counts on his school’s growth spurt to be apparent. The issue is expected soon to come before that board.
“Hopefully we’ll consider some upgrades and remodeling,” Crabtree said. “We’ve retrofitted about as much as we can.”
Silver Creek’s growth reflects, of course, growth in that part of Clark County. Geography only tells some of the success story, however. Nearly 150 students are transfers; they live outside the district but chose Silver Creek.
(Crabtree said the school has stopped accepting transfers, for now, given the crunch.)
(Taken from Sept. 3 issue of News and Tribune)