Summary of IAPSS Fall District Meetings 2013
I would like to thank each district chair for their preparation to host this year’s fall district meetings. Through their efforts we enjoyed great venues, great food, and a tremendously actively engaged group of superintendents. We also need to thank the sponsors for these events: Umbaugh and Associates, Ice Miller Attorneys, Energy Systems, Moisture Management and Lancer and Beebe Architects. Their sponsorship is much appreciated and necessary for IAPSS and our members.
We were fortunate to have Dr. Marlin Creasy and Dr. Dennis Brooks representing the Indiana Education and Employee Relations Board (IEERB) for each district meeting to give us an overview of past labor relations court decisions that affect all bargaining decisions and practices going forward. They also made suggestions regarding important contract information and reporting of same to the appropriate agencies. They were always cautious in their reminder to consult local counsel in order to stay current with legal requirements under the new statute. Our thanks to Dr. Creasy and Dr. Brooks for doing a stellar job in presenting information and fielding pertinent questions from our audiences.
We also enjoyed presentations at three of our district meetings from Dr. Brandie Oliver, Butler University professor, on the newly enacted Bullying legislation for Indiana public schools. Dr. Oliver was instrumental in helping craft the legislation on behalf of public schools so it made common sense and could be easily implemented with some degree of fidelity, especially since it was another unfunded mandate. Our thanks to Dr. Oliver for her presentations and work on behalf of Indiana school aged children.
Mention was made about September IAPSS events that included the Annual Fall IAPSS/ISBA conference, the New Superintendents’ Workshop and the New Superintendent’s Academy sponsored by six Indiana Universities that include: Ball State, Butler, Indiana, Indiana State, Indiana Wesleyan, and Purdue. IAPSS thanks each university for their support of the New Superintendent’s Academy directed by Dr. Betty Poindexter. IAPSS hosted a Prospective Superintendent’s Workshop that represents the potential future of Indiana Superintendents.
We highlighted the Annual meeting which is scheduled for December 8-10, 2013 at the Marriott East Hotel and Convention Center under a new format of Sunday through Tuesday in order to better accommodate our membership. Yong Zhao is the featured Keynote speaker discussing Technology and the 21st Century Leader. Other sessions will include the PDK poll of public schools, the chamber’s view of the A to F model, and superintendent’s panel on the effects of the circuit breaker impact. We will have the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz, provide highlights of IDOE programs, and update on the Affordable Care Act and a legislative update. We will honor and celebrate our District and State Superintendents of Year at the banquet on Monday evening.
Suggestions were made to attend AASA National Education Convention which is being held February 13-16, 2014 in Nashville, TN. Education Networks of America (ENA) is sponsoring the Indiana breakfast on Saturday, February 15th at the Renaissance Hotel at 7:30 A.M.
Other seminars include a session on February 5th at the Palms in Plainfield with the topic of referendum planning and the spring seminar on April 16 centered around the topic of the use of technology for the 21st century school leader. Our thanks to the professional development committee for arranging these outstanding events for our members.
IAPSS will hold elections December 1-15 for two offices, vice president and secretary. The elections’ committee will forward information to our membership at the appropriate time for the election.
In a discussion format, the following issues were discussed:
Communication issues, Data access and availability, update on common core and assessments, progress of the A to F model for Indiana Schools, Circuit breaker issues and proposed solutions with legislators, changes in the pension and annuity plan, Choice scholarships and special education funding, possible changes with Vocational education funding, and the development of an electricity buying consortium .
My thanks to our membership for their support and attendance at the district meeting as well as their input during the meetings. Thanks to all for your outstanding leadership and support of IAPSS.