As the new superintendent of the Hamilton Southeastern Schools, I welcome you to a new semester and a new year, all taking place within the backdrop of a new city. Such change offers opportunities and presents challenges. I am pleased to join you as we seize those opportunities and make good things happen for all HSE students and staff. My wife, Melissa, and I are in the process of relocating to Fishers. I look forward not only to acquainting myself with the district and the community, but also to making this home.
Our community is resilient and strong. HSE 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 working with Mayor Scott Fadness and his administration as we continue to build a successful partnership between our city and schools.
Among the challenges facing HSE is the issue of state funding for public schools. I will work with our legislators to address the current state funding formula which leaves our students at the bottom of the list in terms of dollars per pupil, when compared to students in different school districts. Our legislators are well aware of the issue and are placing it as a top priority in this year’s session of the General Assembly.
The completion of the college and career academies at the high schools and the continuing rollout of HSE21 also are two important areas of focus that offer our students exciting possibilities. A fourth challenge is redistricting. While the redistricting project has yet to be completed at the high school level, I truly must acknowledge the enormous effort to create the plan for grades kindergarten through eight. The HSE School Board and Dr. Carnes are to be commended for their leadership in working with the community to create the plan for next school year.
Over the next ninety days, I will visit every school building and meet with every principal to see firsthand the unique programs and characteristics of the buildings. In addition, I will meet with community groups to gain an insight into the perspectives and issues as they relate to education and HSE. As one of the premiere school systems in the Midwest, Hamilton Southeastern can be proud of 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