I have been given the privilege to serve as your Interim Superintendent during the period of time in which the School Board searches for a new superintendent, replacing Dr. Brian Smith. As many of you know, Dr. Smith has accepted the challenging position of Executive Director of the Indiana School Boards Association. We wish him well in his new role.
Serving as your interim superintendent is an honor. I am charged with the well-being of over 21,000 students, a responsibility that I take most seriously. As a school district, we need to “stay the course” in all our initiatives simply because they are the right things to do for our children. Two examples from a long list of educational initiatives, the College Career Centers (Senior Academies) will be fully implemented in the fall of 2015 so much needs to be accomplished to ensure a successful launch. The HSE21 initiative has placed 1:1 technology in the hands of every 5th and 6th grade student. This is off to an outstanding start and students are reporting positive learning experiences. The training we invested in faculty and staff made a huge difference in the implementation of this aggressive plan. My congratulations to these superb educators for their dedication!
There are opportunities to improve that we must face together. HSE will need to address the need to redistrict our elementary, intermediate, and junior high schools in order to balance enrollments and create more efficient schools. The continued growth in our community requires us to address this need for the 2014-2015 school year as well as for future years. For that to be done well, we will need to begin this process soon.
Thank you for this opportunity to serve the children of this community. I pledge to do my very best to make a positive difference during the time I serve as your interim superintendent.