This August, Andy Cline was welcomed as the new Superintendent of the Spencer-Owen Community School Corporation in Spencer, Indiana, after an extensive search. Cline brings 26 years of experience as a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal, principal, director of learning and instruction, and assistant superintendent to the district, which contains six schools and over 2,500 students. His familiarity with the area was part of the draw for him. “I have family that has lived [here],” he said. “It’s just a good community.” Cline was also impressed by the academic progress of the district and the opportunities it provides for students, he told Spencer Evening World. “There’s really a lot of forward thinking.”
Effective Monday, Sept. 13, Dr. Jeff Hadley was promoted from his position as assistant superintendent at Avonworth SD in Pittsburgh, Pa., to superintendent of the district’s four schools and 1,796 students. Dr. Hadley’s robust professional background—he brings with him 21 years in K-12 as an educator and maintains strong active relationships in several regional, national and global educational leader groups such as the League of Innovative Schools, AASA’s Learning 2025 initiative, Remake Learning, Digital Promise and the A.W. Beattie Career Center Advisory Board—made him the school board’s unanimous choice for the position of superintendent.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has selected its finalists for the 2022 National Principal of the Year. The three in the running are 2021 Georgia Principal of the Year Keith L. Ball, of Marietta High School in Marietta; 2021 Missouri Principal of the Year Beth Houf, of Fulton Middle School; and 2021 Massachusetts Principal of the Year Ted McCarthy of Sutton High School. Each has implemented processes and programs that made them standouts: Ball took Marietta High’s state report card from a C to a B in 2019 after involving students to participate in the leadership of the school; Houf transformed her school’s “toxic” culture by instituting intensive training to ensure equity and that students’ needs were being met; and one of McCarthy’s most noteworthy accomplishments was encouraging students and teachers to play a more active role in shaping the school’s direction, resulting in a social justice group comprising 40 students and eight staff members that runs an anti-racist, anti-bias workshop for 9th-graders.
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