An Interview with Scott Hanback, District IV 2017 Superintendent of the Year

Posted on March 6, 2017
Scott Hanback

Dr. Scott Hanback has served as Tippecanoe superintendent since 2008. In 2010, Tippecanoe School Corporation, like many Indiana districts, faced massive funding cuts and was forced to make budget reductions and lay off staff. Hanback and the school board made it a priority to communicate with community stakeholders about priorities, using the input to create […]

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An Interview with Shane Robbins, 2017 District V Superintendent of the Year

Posted on March 6, 2017
shane robbins

Dr. Shane Robbins has been superintendent at Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation in Fortville since 2015. In 2014 the district had a negative general fund cash balance of $4.2 million and was unsuccessful in its request to Indiana’s Distressed Unit Appeal Board for assistance. Robbins began an aggressive approach to save money in non-instructional areas. […]

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A Message to IAPSS Members from Dr. Jennifer McCormick

Posted on February 9, 2017
Dr McCormick

Having only served as Superintendent of Public Instruction for a month, I have already heard from many districts and school leaders around the state. Consistently, these groups share concern surrounding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As a department, we have received many questions about the Indiana Department of Education’s next steps relating to our […]

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An Interview with John Hunter – District I – 2017 Superintendent of the Year

Posted on February 9, 2017

Jim: What program(s) or activities in your school district that focus on improving students learning do you feel are the most successful? John: Union Township has many programs which focus on improving student learning. We have re-designed our elementary high ability program to provide greater emphasis on meeting the individual needs of our high ability […]

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A Message from our Executive Director

Posted on February 8, 2017

Dr. J. T. Coopman, Executive Director Friends and colleagues: With the national and state election results, the world of public education is changing forever so put on your seat belts. With the nomination of Betsy DeVoss as the new secretary of education, public education was imperiled even more. Just a few short months ago, we […]

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A Message from our President

Posted on February 8, 2017
Jeff Hendrix

The Challenge of the Superintendency to Be a Strong Leader Recently, our Director of IAPSS, J.T. Coopman, was interviewed by Gerry Dick on Inside Indiana Business. The interview focused on the IAPSS partnership with Butler University to provide a superintendent academy of leadership for our membership. The Educators Preparing Inspired Change (EPIC) program provides opportunities […]

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Dr. J. T. Coopman, Executive Director

Posted on February 1, 2017
JT Coopman

We are at the halfway point in the 2017 General Assembly session. Several onerous bills were not moved forward and some of the damage was mitigated with amended bills moving forward. Certainly superintendent voices heard at “home” were very helpful in guiding bills in the right direction and I want to thank any superintendent or […]

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Interview with Chris Himsel – Superintendent of the Year

Posted on January 13, 2017
Chris Himsel

The following is an interview with our new Superintendent of the Year, Chris Himsel. The interview was conducted by Jim Freeland shortly after the announcement that Chris was selected for this honor. Chris is superintendent of Northwest Allen County Schools. When he became superintendent in 2010, the district faced the prospect of a $6 million […]

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A New Year’s Message from our President

Posted on January 13, 2017
Jeff Hendrix

Greetings! By attending this year’s IAPSS Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis, I found my inspiration for writing this month’s article. It is amazing to me how much a superintendent can learn by just attending one conference. The professional development, the life stories of some great speakers and the opportunity to network with […]

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