June 2019 IAPSS Newsletter

Posted on June 25, 2019

From the president

IAPSS President John Hunter

“I’m happier than a tornado in a trailer park!”  For those who follow Disney movies, you may recognize that phrase from Nader in Cars.  I am humbled and honored to serve as president of IAPSS for the 2019-2020 school year.  I look forward to continued collaboration with those of you that I know and eager to become acquainted with those whom I have yet to meet.  In my installation remarks, I used quotes from Walt Disney and some of his works to illustrate some leadership thoughts. 

You may have heard it said that Disney parks are the happiest place on earth. 

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News Release

The Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents installed its officers for the 2019-2020 membership year on Friday, June 7, 2019. 

Mr. John Hunter, Superintendent, Union Township School Corporation, Valparaiso, Indiana, was installed as IAPSS President. 

In addition to Mr. John Hunter, other 2019-2020 officers that were installed include: Dr. Tracy Lorey as IAPSS President-Elect; Dr. Greg Hinshaw as IAPSS Vice-President, Dr. Stacey Schmidt as the IAPSS Secretary, and Dr. Richard Arkanoff as IAPSS Treasurer. 

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Evaluator Training Offered This Summer

SFS will again provide evaluator training this summer and start of the school year.  If you can share this with your membership it would be appreciated.

This training meets the evaluation training required by Indiana code.  The training will be provided by experienced, licensed Indiana administrators that have helped administrators complete over 1 million evaluation since Indiana’s law changed. We encourage schools to send teams to the training to support new evaluators and reflect upon their processes.  In the last 3 years we have had schools use this as an administrative professional development activity.

This evaluator training meets Indiana code for public law 90 (evaluator training) or as a refresher course for experienced educators on giving feedback and the evaluation process to drive growth.

Please note this training is not specific to SFS or any other software.  This is open to all Indiana administrators.

$150 per person

Indiana Association of School Principals’ Offices, Indianapolis, Indiana

9:00 am – 3:00 pm (lunch provided)
Wednesday, July 31
Monday, August 19
Wednesday, October 2
Please click the link below to register.


Where Does Your State Rank on School Spending?

Indiana’s Chance for Success and School Finance data on the Quality Counts report card have been released, ranking Indiana against the national average. Regarding early foundations and enrollment Indiana is average, with slightly below average adult outcomes. Regarding spending, Indiana scores high on equity but receives an F in amount of money devoted to education. 

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What Researchers Wish They Knew About School Finance

Analytics are more popular than ever

Analytics are more popular than ever, but in education finance there is still a lack of detailed data on several key topics. More up-to-date spending numbers and data on the amount of money that goes into schools via private donations would create a more complete outlook of current amounts of money in the education system. Furthermore, tracking funding data on a school-by-school basis, including charter schools and schools in US Territories, would provide more information for analysts to track and adjust for.

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IAPSS 2019 Scholarships

IAPSS 2019 Scholarship Winner William Roberson

One of the IAPSS Scholarships was awarded to William Roberson (left), son of Perry Central Supt. Mary Roberson in the amount of $1,000. William is attending Stanford University in the fall. William is pictured here with his mother and IAPSS Executive Director, Dr. J.T. Coopman.

IAPSS 2019 Scholarship Winner Amy Evans

Another one of the 2019 winners is Amy Evans (right), daughter of Robert Evans, Superintendent NW Shelby Schools and his wife, Tonya and J.T. Coopman, Executive Director of IAPSS. Amy plans to attend Indiana State University to become a science teacher.

Message from the Executive Director

Following the legislative session, IAPSS quickly moved to the Spring District meetings held in all eight IAPSS districts located throughout the state. IAPSS business was conducted with appointment of district chairs, and committee appointments made, as well as plans for the district superintendents of the year nominations. Very informative presentations were made by Katie Jenner, Ivy Tech, regarding their newest initiatives for dual college credits and recruiting future teachers; Sarah Larrison, IDOE Special Education Specialist, provided updates on RTI, and MTSS used in conjunction with data analysis to provide better outcomes of students in special education programs; Stephanie Wells, VP of the Indiana Manufacturers Association, presented information on how schools can connect with local manufacturers with the new FAME model that is being developed; Dr. J. T. Coopman, Executive Director of IAPSS, provided updates from the 2019 General Assembly.  IAPSS thanks each district chair for their hard work in preparing for these meetings and arranging for the locations and food preparations. 

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Indiana School Safety Grant

The Indiana Department of Education has created the attached infographic to share changes related to safety grants available to Indiana schools. Please direct questions to Steve Balko, Director of School Safety and Security at sbalko@doe.in.gov.

Indiana School Safety Grant Opportunities

Great evening of INDIANAPOLIS Indians baseball enjoyed by many Superintendents followed by a full day of very informative updates by IDOE staff at the IAPSS/ IDOE Summit on June 14th.

IAPSS/ IDOE Summit on June 14th


As I prepare to forward this edition of the IAPSS Newsletter it will be my last.  My involvement with IAPSS started in 1984 and I’ve had the privilege to serve this great association in many capacities.  From all the officer positions up to and including President, interim Executive Director, Director of Membership Services to most recently, Newsletter and Communications Director, it has been quite an experience.  

Most of all the opportunity to get to know and become friends with some of the most dedicated educators in Indiana has given me the greatest satisfaction and pleasure.  The regular occasions to renew these friendships at IAPSS functions will be missed by both Mary and me.

To John Ellis who encouraged me to get involved in a more formal way as Director of Membership Services up to these past several years working with JT I can’t thank you both enough for your friendship and advice.

To the other Executive Directors that I’ve had the opportunity to work with and for I say thanks for all your support and guidance.  When you enjoy what you’re doing and having fun doing so it was never thought of as a job but a chance to serve.  

I would also be remiss if I didn’t give a special thanks to Sherry and Lana for all their help and friendship.

As I continue my work at Purdue I guess I can’t say that I’m totally retired, but hope it will give me the opportunity to see and interact with IAPSS members for a few more years.

My parting message is to never forget what IAPPS is constantly working for and that is to better serve the students of Indiana.  If this always remains as your mission there is no higher calling!

Jim Freeland