By Desiree Williams
Zionsville Community Schools announced a new partnership Sept. 9 with STAR Financial Bank, including sponsorship of the Performing Arts Center, implementation of financial literacy discussions and shadowing opportunities at a new banking center in the high school.
“The STAR Financial Bank people were so responsive, and so creative, about how it is that we might partner to help our youth, in addition to their mission of making sure that they support the arts around Indiana,” ZCS Supt. Scott Robison said at the Sept. 9 school board meeting.
Robison said the district has been looking for a performing arts sponsor for almost a decade. According to a district press release, “the two organizations found a natural alignment of values, passion and innovative spirit” to bring the new type of partnership to the community.
“We’ve looked at Zionsville for some time. What a great way to become part of the community to be involved with the school system and education,” STAR Bank President Tom Wright said.
The Zionsville Performing Arts Center will become the STAR Bank Performing Arts Center. Update lighting, sound and production technology are planned for the auditorium.
The partnership also will create an internet banking center on campus, which will be open to the public and offer a live chat with a banker from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Another banking center will be developed inside Zionsville Community High School to provide immersive learning opportunities through shadowing, internships and possibly employment. Students, under the supervision of STAR bank employees, will operate the banking center during school hours.
“It’s just a really robust partnership,” Robison said.
The STAR Bank Performing Arts Center 2019-20 season schedule is now available.