November 2016 President’s Message

Posted on October 31, 2016


The Opportunity to be Thankful


I want to begin this month’s column by thanking each and every superintendent in our state and our country who stand up every day for the students in our public schools.   These last few months have truly been a challenge in this political climate.   Many recent political ads continue to belittle the work of administrators in our schools and districts.   I appreciate that we have superintendents who are standing up to the testing debacle, challenging legislators on their policies, and debunking the continued myths that we are not putting enough money into our classrooms. I know that our voices working together in unison can send a powerful message to those in our government who need to respect our profession and start to listen to our educational views on what is best for our children.

As a membership, we can stand strong in our beliefs.   That begins by continuing to support the work of IAPSS and AASA.   I hope that at this point everyone has joined IAPSS and also AASA.   These two great organizations are working for superintendents each day at the state and national levels representing our views on public education and representing the interests of children in K-12 Public Education.   With that being stated, I also hope that you will support IAPSS by attending our Annual Meeting from December 4 to December 6 at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Indianapolis. It is not too late to complete your registration and book a hotel room.

We live in one of the greatest countries in the world.   We became great because we had individuals who stepped up to lead us. They risked their lives, their fortunes and their liberty to fight against oppression.   We are very fortunate to have men and women who are serving our country now and in the past who made great sacrifices to protect our freedoms.   Please take time to recognize these heroes.   In fact, some of them are now serving alongside us as superintendents.   Please thank them for their service.   Also, don’t forget the brave firemen and policemen who also serve to protect us in our communities and our schools.   They have committed their lives to keep our lives safe.

Finally, this is the time of the year that we have many opportunities to spend time with our friends and family to celebrate and give thanks.   I hope that each of you will step away from your jobs for these few special days to spend time with your friends and your family.   You will not regret it.

Again, thank you for your dedication to our profession, our schools and our children.   You do make a difference.


Happy Thanksgiving!


Jeff Hendrix

President of IAPSS