A Message From Superintendent Dr. Allen Bourff

Dr. Allen Bourff

Welcome to School Year 2017-2018 here at Hamilton Southeastern Schools.

Our High School Class of 2030 enters this year as kindergartners. It is very likely that in the span of their adult careers these students will begin preparing for needs of the 22nd Century. We often say in education that we work with the future, and this adds emphasis to that claim.

The school year begins on August 9th for our students, kindergarten through seniors in high school. With more than 125 facilities projects this summer, from a new solid service flooring at Fishers Junior High Cafeteria, to a media center makeover at Thorpe Creek Elementary, to fresh carpet and paint in the original Fishers High School, work crews throughout the district have been busy preparing our buildings for our staff and students.

The most noteworthy project is that of the renovation at Cumberland Road Elementary. For the entire school year, construction will take place in that building, requiring that room assignments be adjusted as areas are completed. Traffic patterns for parents to pick up and drop off their children will also change as the work progresses. Though it will be an inconvenience for teachers and a challenge for their planning, it represents an opportunity for young learners to see the building trades in action.

A district-wide commitment to professional learning and development will change the habits of all stakeholders on Monday afternoons. Teachers will meet together on those afternoons in small “professional learning communities” for approximately 45 minutes. Students will be dismissed 20 minutes earlier than they are on the other four days of the week; therefore, buses will be running, and students will be dropped off at their homes that much earlier. Teachers will remain at their buildings 25 minutes beyond their regular time.

Why would we commit such effort to professional development in a school system known for its excellent results? Because our passion is in seeing our students succeed…period. In our rapidly changing world, the demands that impact the success of our students require that we continue to learn and continue to improve our instructional practices.

Welcome to our new school year, and thank you for supporting learning at Hamilton Southeastern Schools!

Dr. Allen Bourff
Hamilton Southeastern Schools