The 2015-2016 school year is underway, and with it comes new challenges and new opportunities.
As the new superintendent of the Hamilton Southeastern Schools in January this year, I spent the first ninety days gathering information and compiling observations. I visited every school building and met with every principal to see firsthand the unique programs and characteristics of the buildings. In addition, I met with community groups and parents to gain an insight into the needs and issues as they relate to education and HSE.
In no rank order, I offer the following observation of needs and issues to be addressed:
The school funding formula approved this year by the Indiana General Assembly provided welcome relief to this school district. It prevents deficit spending and enabled us to address a number of the above listed concerns. However, it did not eliminate the need for a local referendum levy to assure that HSE students continue to experience the best educational services to be found in Indiana.
I am on a listening tour at this time, making contact with every faculty and every PTO in this school district. I am also scheduling sessions with Home Owners Associations and community groups. The purpose of the tour is simple…to make sure that I heard what you had to say. If I am to recommend a referendum levy amount for the HSE School Board to approve, I think it is important to be able to say that I vetted it through the school and community.
To that end, I will continue the listening tour through November. In January, the school board will consider the amount of the referendum levy to be requested. It is expected that the operating referendum will appear on the May ballot.
Our community is resilient and strong. Hamilton Southeastern Schools has a reputation of embracing growth in a manner that makes the City of Fishers one of the most outstanding places to live within the state and across the country. I look forward to continuing work with Mayor Scott Fadness and his administration as we continue to build a successful partnership between our city and schools.
As one of the premiere school systems in the Midwest, Hamilton Southeastern can be proud of its superlative staff, students, facilities, programs, and accomplishments. I am proud to be your superintendent, and I pledge to work with you and the entire community to make you as proud of your schools tomorrow as you are today.
Dr. Allen Bourff
Hamilton Southeastern Schools