Executive Director Notes

With March comes spring break! I encourage you to enjoy some time away from your corporation to rest and recharge. Enjoy time with your family and friends. But also remember to take some time for yourself by reading a book, taking a nap, or whatever allows you to unwind and rejuvenate your mind and body. You are an extremely important member of your corporation so remember to take care of yourself!


Cooperative Purchasing

Spring Supply Orders
Are your teachers planning to place spring orders for classroom supplies soon? Be sure to remember the cooperative agreements we have in place to help your district spend their supply budgets wisely!  We have contracts with School Specialty, Amazon, Office Depot, Lakeshore Learning, School Health, and Really Good Stuff to name a few! Contact Lisa Abell to see how you can get started making those spring supply orders!

Food Service

Summer Food Service Program 2023
Interested in running a summer food program this year? Check out the information and resources below.

IDOE Contact for more information:     

Tina Skinner

Technology Integration

Summer Tech Cookout 2023
Bring your tech staff to the second annual cookout to celebrate your successes in another year of edtech support. Meet area school tech staff for a day of team building, fun games, friendly competition and a lot of laughs!

This day is fully sponsored by a small selection of partners and FREE for anyone on your team. 
Space is limited. Help us plan by pre-registering below.
June 15th, 2023 at Plymouth Schools
CLICK HERE to pre-register your team

Professional Learning

Check out the March 2023 Connect the Dots Newsletter!

Member Spotlight

Traci Blaize

Traci Blaize is the Superintendent at Lakeland School Corporation. She has worked for Lakeland 14 years, non-consecutively. She worked there for 7 years as a teacher and middle school AP and then moved to Wyoming for 10 years. She came back to Lakeland in 2015. She shared that she really joined Lakeland as a 5 year old a long time ago!

Traci has been working very hard at rebuilding a sense of community at Lakeland. They have had a rough few years with consolidation and turn over in the Superintendency. She wants people to realize that Laker Nation is a strong family that is working every day to support their students and community. It's her personal mission to spread love and laughter everywhere she goes. Traci wants every Laker to love Lakeland as much as she does! One piece of this is constant communication. She does a morning video everyday letting staff know what she is doing (to shed the mystery of her job & share what she is learning), what's happening in the district, etc. She started doing a 101 series on different topics: mandatory reporting, wages & benefits, HR 101, School board 101, etc. She has received many compliments on it.

We asked Traci what some of her future goals and dreams for the corporation are. She shared, “I have big plans for Lakeland! I would like us to become a 2nd career education hub in the area. With the emphasis on CTE, there just isn't enough space for everyone who wants in at IMPACT. We're currently working on a Dental Program, and manufacturing academy and we would like to add an early education prong to our Educators Rising program. I want these programs to be for ALL our LaGrange County students, so I'm trying to build some relationships along that avenue too. I'm blessed to have driven dreamers on my team who are willing to problem solve, grow connections, and make things happen.”

Traci finds being a Superintendent to be very rewarding.  She absolutely loves it when staff members smile & laugh when she shows up in their rooms in costume on a holiday with candy for them. She thanks them for being a Laker, and gives them a little something to get through the day. (She also shared that she does have pictures, if anyone wants one. She keeps challenging Randy Miller at Westview to join in!)

In her spare time, Traci and her husband have been pursuing their “bucket list” concerts. They saw Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden, U2, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, & Garth Brooks. She shared that it can be kind of an expensive hobby but it’s a lot of fun! She is also a bit of a podcast nerd, especially in the summer when she can hang out in the sunshine in her garden or by the pool. Some of her favorites are: American History Tellers, The Science of Reading, Civics 101, You are not so smart, and Hidden Brain.


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