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Saturday, March 10, 2018 1:00 am

School district in league of its own

Need more proof Indiana is the Wild West of school choice?

A La Porte seventh-grader recently created his own school district and was issued a non-public school number by the Indiana Department of Education. He also fooled a Mishawaka TV station, which included the fake district in its weather closings.

LaCav Community School Corp. was the brainchild of 13-year-old Leo Cavinder. He also created a website and logo for his fictitious district.

“I had seen other school corporations, and I just thought it was cool to have my own,” he told WSBT-TV. 

The Department of Education revoked the number when it determined there were no students enrolled. A spokesman noted no funds were at risk.

Cavinder didn't give himself the top job in his imaginary district. His Twitter profile identifies the student as “assistant superintendent” of LaCav Schools. It features a photo of Cavinder posing with his local legislator and state Superintendent Jennifer McCormick.