LAPORTE — A boy in LaPorte, Ind. created the fake school-- the LaCav Community School Corporation.
The 13-year-old is part-time seventh grader, part-time superintendent. He applied his fake school district to be registered with the state and he succeeded.
The Indiana Department of Education gave Leo Cavinder a non-public school number.
A spokesperson for the department says that number can do nothing on its own and that it was quickly revoked when they realized the LaCav Community School Corporation has no students.
No funding ever changed hands, but the ability for a seventh grader to be taken seriously as an adult raises some questions.
"I had seen other school corporations and I just thought it was cool to have my own,” said Cavinder.
Cavinder says he's been working on this since first grade. Over the years he's built his own web page. One that he codes himself, updating it with all school delays and closings.
"I just like doing this a lot, you know making a website and all of that,” he said.
He dreams of being a superintendent himself, but knows it'll take a lot of work.
"Probably work my way up from like teacher, secretary, assistant superintendent to superintendent,” Cavinder said.
For now, that work includes things like keeping the parking lot signs well maintained and occasionally taking a trip down to Indianapolis to meet with lawmakers and the state's superintendent of public instruction.
Cavinder’s dad admits he may have taken it too far with the school closings and applying for registration with the state, but he knows just how much this means to him.
"You know he's a kid who has a dream, you know, and I just wanted to be supportive,” said Tim Cavinder. "Anybody who has a dream should have somebody who believes in them."
The Indiana Department of Education says this is the first time they know of that this has ever been done.
The application process is nearly automatic. Getting an identification number does nothing on its own until a district starts applying for things like funding, which again, Cavinder never did.
What he did do was put LaCav schools on our closing list here at WSBT 22 and post closings for a short time.
His district has now been removed from our system, but who knows, maybe we'll talk to him some day when he becomes a real superintendent.