February 2016 President’s Message

Posted on January 26, 2016


The 2016 General Assembly is in full swing and bills are reaching the half-way point. As busy as we are as superintendents in our local school districts, it’s increasingly important for us to fully engage the legislative process in the best interest of our students, schools, and communities. There are countless ways to get involved such as writing succinct yet courteous emails to your elected legislators about local impacts of pending bills. Another opportunity to engage is testifying at hearings or committee meetings at the Statehouse or State Board of Education meetings; much like the approximately seventy superintendents who attended the recent SBOE meeting. Many thanks to the spokespersons from each IAPSS district, Brad Schneider, Tom Hunter, Rich Arkanoff, Rocky Killion, Randy Zimmerly, and Ryan Snoddy for delivering a strong message that IAPSS remains committed to the best interests of our students, schools, and communities. Lastly, joining your state (most certainly IAPSS), regional, or other various associations created for joint purposes of promoting, sometimes defending, and always improving education in the state is critical.


Plan now to attend your IAPSS Regional Spring Meeting so that you can stay informed about association and state level educational happenings. For those attending AASA, thank you and I look forward to seeing you in Phoenix. IAPSS has nearly 70 superintendents attending, more than last year, thus exceeding our goal. The newly authorized ESSA provides a ripe window of opportunity for Indiana to make some positive changes, especially in light of our deepening and troubling infatuation with standardized tests. IAPSS looks forward to engaging our state decision makers in meaningful conversations surrounding the Every Student Succeeds Act.


Finally, thanks to Andy Melin and the IAPSS Professional Development Committee for the excellent Winter Seminar hosted January 27 at The Palms. Personally, I was able to take home two quick and easy ideas for immediate implementation. The “Collaborative Leadership” theme is pertinent to our continued success as superintendents. Even when we consider ourselves good leaders we have to acknowledge even good leaders can be better. The IAPSS Seminars provide wonderful opportunities for improvement.


The best way to serve the individuals on the team is to see that the whole team wins.”-John Maxwell


Thanks for your continued support of IAPSS,


Scott Hanback