Executive Director Notes

We are very excited to welcome two new staff members as of January 1, 2024!

Mrs. Jessica Wright is our Assistant Director of Cooperative Purchasing (jwright@niesc.k12.in.us)

Mrs. Monica Seren is a Training Support Specialist (TSS) within our Literacy Cadre initiative with CELL and IDOE (mseren@niesc.k12.in.us)

Cooperative Purchasing

We are excited to announce we have added Jessica Wright to our Cooperative Purchasing Department! Jessica is our new Assistant Director of Cooperative Purchasing. She will be assisting Lisa Abell to help your district with your cooperative purchasing needs.
Jessica is very excited to be a part of our team and to serve YOU! 
 
Introduction to NIESC Cooperative Purchasing
 
Join us on February 22, 2024  from 11:00 AM (EST) to 12:00 PM EST to meet Jessica and to see how our Cooperative Purchasing Department can help you with your cooperative purchasing needs!  To register, use the link below or contact Lisa Abell with questions.
 
 
Register Me!

Food Service

The 2024 Pre-Order (forecast) Survey for commodities will be starting soon. The Link below will take you to the toolkit. This page has a lot of helpful guides, including trainings and surveys to help you navigate everything you need to complete the survey. Remember you are filling out your survey for the 2025-26 school year.
Stay tuned to the Indiana Department of Education as the survey typically opens mid to late January and closes mid to late March. 

Technology Integration

 
Where to Start with AI: 
Google's Guide to AI in Education
Many educational professionals are unsure where to start with AI, especially with the fast pace changes impacting the classroom. Google for Education is here to help! Check out the newly released
Take the time to run through the materials provided then be sure to visit how to help your students learn more with the
 
Two upcoming AI PD Opportunities w/ Nextech
@ NIESC, Mishawaka, IN
 
Watch the video to learn about a school district COSN Membership and the benefits it offers for K-12 Technology Leaders and school administrators.
 
Darlene Kennedy, CETL
Indiana CETL Ambassador
NIESC / NWIESC
Director of Technology Integration

Professional Learning

 
NEW: Future-Focused Indiana Early Learning Standards
Course Now Available

The new 2023 Future-Focused Indiana Early Learning Standards Course connects foundational understandings of leadership, teaching, and assessment with developmentally-appropriate, intentional implementation of the eight domains of early learning in early care and education environments. Playful learning experiences are supported through authentic assessment, purposeful planning, and increased contextual relevance. This allows for individualization while preparing a child for kindergarten. The course is free and available in the Indiana Learning Lab. PGP points are available upon completion.

Learn more about the Early Learning Course objectives in the Learning Lab
Enroll in the Free 2023 FFLS Early Learning Course
See more asynchronous courses

Member Spotlight

 

Kendra Sandquist
Director of Finance

 

Kendra Sandquist is the Director of Finance at Westview School Corporation. She started at Westview a little over four months ago when her family relocated from a small town in South Dakota located on Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Westview brought her family to Indiana and they love it.

We asked Kendra to share some things that she has been working on this year. She shared, “Navigating through Indiana's Gateway system deserves recognition no matter your tenure!” Here are some of her other projects:

  • Established a curriculum materials reimbursement guide with Administrative team members for Indiana's first year of eliminating textbook fees for students.
  • Inherited accounting controls over renovation projects at two elementary schools set to complete in 2024 which would not be possible without the meticulous oversight and supervision by our amazing Director of Buildings, Grounds, and Transportation. 
  • Sold a $5.1 million General Obligation bond in September working closely with a municipal advisor, legal counsel, and our Superintendent of schools. This bond secured funds for major capital projects beginning in 2024 and effectively manages the low tax levy maintained by the Westview School Corporation as responsible stewards of every taxpayer dollar.
  • Completed 2023-2024 negotiations with the wonderful educators of our Westview Education Association.
  • Submitted the Westview School Corporation's adopted budget, school bus replacement plan, and capital project plan for the first time, although I cannot take credit for its assembly and presentation; retired Director of Finance, Brian Christner, did a fine job of projecting and preparing the 2024 budget and handed the baton to me to take it to the finish line. I look forward to the 1782 notice and the tedious and collaborative work with our Accounts Payable manager that will follow appropriations. 
  • Welcomed an active role as 1 of 6 voting members of our Westview Schools Health Insurance Committee to continue to provide robust health and dental insurance plans for the employees of the corporation - we are gearing up for open enrollment mid-November with the exceptional coordinating efforts of our Payroll/Benefits manager.

Kendra is in her 12th year as an administrator of school business. She shared that she continues to be reminded of words by her first mentor, “Kendra, in school business, you will never be twiddling your thumbs." He has been right so far! Kendra believes that there is no finish line to education and she welcomes the challenges that come with the constantly changing landscape of school accounting, finance, operations, and administration. She says that change is good because change means progress and that is rewarding to her.

Westview's mission includes a commitment to high expectations and performance both from the students and the staff - Kendra’s goal is to promote that mission by exceeding expectations every time no matter the task. 

In her spare time, Kendra likes to relax with her family, host and attend cookouts and potlucks, read (she said audiobooks are amazing), check out new restaurants, and watch the Fighting Irish football team win! Kendra and her husband, Jordan, recently celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary. They have two children. Victoria is 16 and is a Junior at Westview. Asher is 12 and is a 7th grader at Westview. They also have a gray house cat named Pixie and a Shorkie named Benni.

Northern Indiana Education Service Center
56535 Magnetic Drive
Mishawaka, IN 46545

574-254-0111 | niesc.org

 

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