Thirteen Indiana public school superintendents from all over the state will participate in the first EPIC, a joint venture of Butler University and the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS) designed to help great educators transform the business and constituent-services aspects of their work.
EPIC (Educators Preparing Inspired Change), developed by Butler’s Executive Education program and College of Education in conjunction with the IAPSS, will feature a daylong session every other month throughout 2017, beginning January 12. Topics include strategy development, budgeting/finance, change management, community/stakeholder outreach, building a high-performance team, and board relations.
Wayne Township Superintendent Jeff Butts, one of the organizers, said the program came about because superintendents find themselves dealing with budget cuts, increased class sizes, and socioeconomic conditions that require them to operate in an environment of rapid change and uncertainty.
“Conversations across this country and throughout Indiana are focused on making sure school districts are providing a world-class education and preparing students to be college and career ready, all the while being great stewards of the taxpayer dollar,” Butts said. “Expectations of school superintendents are changing rapidly, and these leaders must be prepared to lead high functioning and complex organizations with great efficiency and success. EPIC will support superintendents’ transformative growth in leadership to thrive in this new reality.”
Participants registered for the first EPIC program are:
Robert Evans, Shelby Eastern Schools
Deborah Howell, Franklin County Community School Corp.
Jim White, Bremen Public Schools
Thomas Hunter, Greensburg Community Schools
Scott Deetz, Madison-Grant United School Corp.
Ginger Bolinger, Madison Consolidated Schools
Gregory Walker, Brownstown Central Community Schools
Steve Baule, Muncie Community Schools
Jana Vance, Rochester Community School Corp.
Matthew Prusiecki, Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township
Lisa Lantrip, Southern Hancock Schools
Scott Olinger, Plainfield Community School Corp.
Sam Watkins, Peru Community Schools