Indiana Area Senior High School

Student perspective on overdue recognition of IHS staff


Students at IHS have recently taken notice of school community members that bring a lot of great things to our school and are working to bring some of these individuals to light.

So many staff members may not be getting the attention they deserve, from cafeteria staff to custodians, and even to our building subs such as Dr. Schwartz. 

Junior Andre McClurg mentions, “Many staff members don’t get the appreciation they deserve, especially security officer Mr. Webb and our custodial staff. Even our bus drivers do so much and I’ve yet to hear them complain. I think we could rectify the situation by doing appreciation weeks for these people just like we do teacher appreciation weeks.” 

Many agree with McClurg, stating that they think the librarian, tech staff, and secretaries, especially Ms. Smyers and Mr. Shirley, are often taken for granted.

Senior Destiny Brewer commented, “It’s as if no one realizes how different our lives could be without them.  Without the secretaries, nothing would ever get done. And our maintenance staff doesn’t get enough attention either when they literally keep our school running.” 

As more staff members come out of the woodwork and to the attention of the school, students see the effort faculty put into the community and recognize that they too can do more for those staff members. 

 “Dr. Laird is often appreciated in all the work she does, regardless, she should continue to get even better recognition in the future; she deserves so much more. She teaches acapella, orchestra, chorus, and more. She’s retiring halfway through this year and I believe we should show her how much she means to IHS students before her departure,” says senior Katheryn Campbell. 

Going forward, The High Arrow staff plans to continue spotlighting those in sometimes underappreciated positions. They continue to keep Indiana Senior High’s well-being in mind. Without their hard work, reliability,  and dependability, the school wouldn’t be where it is today. 

[Photo Credit by Fiona Shick-Ripley] Photo caption: “Dr. Laird prepares students for a chorus concert.”

Kristen Kelly


Kristen is a junior and a first-year reporter for the High Arrow. She enjoys reading and writing and spends most of her time with her friends and watching movies. Kristen looks forward to meeting new people in the journalism community!

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