Northern Indiana Education Service Center

Executive Director Notes

As the 2021-2022 school year is being finalized, and the 2022-2023 school year is being planned and prepared, I encourage you to spend some time in June and July to prioritize you and your family. Take time to unwind, relax, and rejuvenate. The beginning of the 2022-2023 school year will be here before you know it!


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Preparing for 2022-2023 School Year
Below are some reminders and resources for the upcoming school year.  

  • Be sure to use the updated free and reduced materials for 2022-2023 SY. The IDOE updated the forms and letters with the new non-discrimination statement and income guidelines. Forms cannot be distributed until Friday, July 1, 2022.

  • Be sure to update your website and all materials with the updated non-discrimination statement.  Websites must be updated by Wednesday, August 3, 2022. Check your POS letters to make sure they are updated as well. 

  • Are you signed up to receive the IDOE School Nutrition Program weekly newsletter?  If not, you can sign up here!

Indiana School Safety

To date, more than $110 million dollars has been awarded to secure Indiana’s schools through money appropriated by the Indiana General Assembly, federal grants, and matching funds used by local school districts, charter schools and nonpublic accredited schools.
Secured School Safety Grant: Open June 1, 2022

The FY2023 Secured School Safety Grant application period opened at 8 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. The application will close at 4:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 30, 2022. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted. The notice of funding opportunity will be released when the grant application opens, and it will include all the information necessary for a successful grant application for the program.

Prior to submitting an application for this funding opportunity, applicants must:
  • Be registered in IntelliGrants.
  • Have an active bidder number with the state of Indiana.
  • Have an active supplier number with the state of Indiana.
  • Have conducted a threat assessment.
  • Have a memorandum of understanding in place with a community mental health center oremploy a provider certified or licensed by the state to provide mental or behavioral healthservices to students.
  • Certify that the school corporation, charter school or accredited nonpublic school islocated in a county that has a county school safety commission
  • Sign up for grant updates.

The period of performance will be Sept. 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2023.

See the website for full details

Professional Learning

Congratulations! You made it through another year! You truly deserve a break. If you are like me and find it hard to disconnect, I encourage you to explore IN Learning Lab. The growing IDOE site has ample opportunities for personalized PD and everything is free! In fact, mark "complete" after each opportunity and watch your points towards PGPs grow under your profile. 
A few of my favorites:
The Educational Service Centers of Indiana will be offering training for new administrators related to the needs of the RISE evaluation plan. There will be virtual and in-person options. Dates to be announced soon.

Member Spotlight

South Central Community School Corporation
Dr. Theodore Stevens, Superintendent
Theodore Stevens has been the Superintendent at South Central Community School Corporation since 2018.  Dr. Stevens has worked in the education field nearly his entire adult life.  He enjoys serving his school community by being as much of a “working supervisor” as possible. Like many small, rural school superintendents, Stevens has dabbled in coaching, substitute teaching, cafeteria / recess duty coverage, and bus driving.  Helping students, staff, and the community are easily the most rewarding part of the position. Even while working through the challenges of the Pandemic, collaborating with the community helped South Central stay focused on their goal of serving the students.

In the past 4 years, South Central has been awarded several grants through the Healthcare Foundation of LaPorte (HFL) to improve aspects of their facility. The largest grant awards have been utilized to update their indoor weight / fitness room and they have been utilized to install a 1 mile paved walking trail around the perimeter of their campus. These grants are fulfilling because they enhance the welcoming atmosphere of their school community and all patrons are extremely grateful of the partnership they have fostered with the HFL.

Theodore and his wife Heather, have 4 children, Amelia, August, Oliver, and Ezra.  Much of his “spare” time is spent at events for the family. They reside on a 12 acre farm in rural Walkerton, where Stevens houses his antique Case tractor collection.  

Starting July 1, 2022, Dr. Stevens will start his new role as Superintendent of School City of Mishawaka. He is very appreciative of the support he received from the South Central Community and looks forward to his new opportunity at School City of Mishawaka.  

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

574-254-0111 |