Continuing my advocacy for the West Lafayette Schools, a quick post to anyone paying attention that you should vote to re-elect Karen Springer to the board of the West Lafayette Community School Corporation school board. It was recently announced at the Indiana School Board Association’s Fall Conference that Dr. Springer is the 2022 winner of the ISBA Outstanding Boardsmanship Award. Karen has done great work for the West Lafayette schools, and its fantastic to see her get recognition for that work not just locally, but state wide.
Our district has the best schools in the state. Niches.com released its 2023 rankings. West Lafayette is ranked the number 1 district in the State and number 8 in the nation. It is ranked #1 in the State as a place for teachers. Karen is part of the reason. She and the school board have hired superintendents and administrators who, in turn, have managed the school in a way that has allowed the school to provide an environment where teachers can teach and students can learn.
As many of the readers here know, I filled a vacant Board seat in 2015 and 2016. During that time, Dr. Springer served as an outstanding mentor, happily and effectively answering any questions I had. Since 2017, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Dr. Springer more closely as a citizen member of the school corporation’s policy review committee. (My utility to the committee had more to do with my legal drafting skills than my policy sensibilities, I think.) Initially, the committee undertook a comprehensive review of all of the school’s policies, which then served as the basis for recommendations to the Board as to amendments. Following that, the committee met periodically to review existing policies as laws changed or the need otherwise arose. Dr. Springer’s institutional knowledge and meticulous attention to detail were and are invaluable. She had been through a similar review process a decade earlier and was able to provide insights from that experience. This is not glamorous work, but it is important work of the type which Dr. Springer performs diligently. And, obviously, that policy review process is just one small slice of the kind of thing that she is called upon to address as a member. Her steady service through the school corporation’s highs and lows has served the corporation well during the last several years which have been more turbulent than usual. During these times of passionate public interest, Dr. Springer has been able to respond in a manner that has been calm, reasoned, informed by experience, patient, and, where necessary, firm.