Next Schools Superintendent Picks Transition Team

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction-elect Jennifer McCormick has selected her transition team. McCormick calls the 17-member group "dynamic and diverse." She will officially succeed current Superintendent Glenda Ritz January 9.

McCormick says "the team's commitment to Hoosier students will drive critical decision-making which will ultimately impact Indiana's education system and ensure Indiana has one of the best Departments of Education in the nation."

McCormick, who has spent more than a decade as the superintendent of Yorktown Community Schools, campaigned on what she calls her five non-negotiables, which are:

  • Establish leadership and vision within the Indiana Department of Education.
  • Restore a partnership between the Indiana Department of Education and stakeholders with an emphasis on communication and team work.
  • Provide districts with quality tools to enhance instruction and support teachers.
  • Develop a credible statewide assessment system.
  • Put students before politics.

The group held its first meeting late last week. Team members include:

  • Chair Steve Edwards - Retired Superintendent and Education Consultant, Administrator Assistance
  • Brad Balch - Professor and Dean Emeritus, Indiana State University, Department of Educational Leadership
  • Todd Bess - Executive Director, Indiana Association of School Principals
  • Wes Bruce - Education and Assessment Consultant
  • Jeff Butts - President-Elect, Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents
  • Indiana State Representative Tony Cook (R-32), who previously served as superintendent of the Hamilton Heights School Corp.
  • Denny Costerison - Executive Director, Indiana Association of School Business Officials
  • Scot Croner - Superintendent, Blackford County Schools
  • Nancy Holsapple - Executive Director, Old National Trail Special Services Inter-Local
  • David Holt - Chief Financial Officer, MSD Warren Township
  • Lee Ann Kwiatkowski - Member, State Board of Education
  • Micah Maxwell - Executive Director, Boys & Girls Club of Muncie
  • Hardy Murphy - Executive Director, Indiana Urban Schools Association and Clinical Professor of Education, IUPUI, IU School of Education
  • Kathryn Raasch - Principal, Wayne Township Preschool
  • Terry Spradlin - Director of Community and Governmental Relations, Education Networks of America
  • Lisa Tanselle - General Counsel, Indiana School Boards Association
  • Kelly Wittman - Executive Principal, Max S. Hayes Career & Technical High School of MSD Cleveland
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