Freshman English teacher Kevin Sandorf considered Room 224 at T.C. Howe High School a second home. But in the final days of this school year, he says he felt “a little naked” in that room.
Sandorf had poured thousands of his own dollars into the room, buying flatscreen monitors, a sound system, and even desks at school auctions.
But with a state-appointed school turnaround company taking over Howe on July 1, Sandorf is moving to another IPS school next year. So a week before school let out, Sandorf cleaned out his room, leaving few decorations on the whitewashed cinderblock walls. Students, he says, were surprised.
“The thing I’ve tried to get across to students this year,” Sandorf said as he watched kids file into Room 224 on the second-to-last day of school, “is that even though we’re walking out of here tomorrow at 2:30, please don’t walk out of here with your head held down.”
Room 224 is one of the few signs big changes are coming to T.C. Howe — a new operator, an almost-total turnover in staff, a mass exodus of students.
There are few visual reminders of the state takeover now in progress at five schools in Indianapolis and Gary — a process marked with frustration over countless detail questions for administrators.
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Teacher Kevin Sandorf checks in with a student in his class.