Executive Director Notes

Don Harman
Executive Director

Supported by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) at the University of Indianapolis, the Center for Vibrant Schools at Marian University, and the Educational Service Centers of Indiana, the Indiana Literacy Cadre is working to help Indiana’s students read proficiently by the end of third grade.

The Indiana Literacy Cadre Interest Form Cohort 3 is now live if your corporation is interested.  

If you have any questions on the Indiana Literacy Cadre, contact Don Harman.

Cooperative Purchasing

  • ESC Co-op Contracts 101: Lisa Abell, NIESC & Kelly Taylor, CIESC
  • Cooperative Purchasing State Statute: Jonathan Wineinger & Tanner Huber, SBOA
  • Amazon Contract Overview-Allison Robinson, Amazon
  • Online Purchasing Efficiencies-Tom Jackson, Spendbridge  

FREE TO ESC Members! Lunch Included! Non-ESC Members: $25.00  
For questions contact:  Lisa Abell

Food Service

The American Dairy Association INDIANA strives to help Indiana school nutrition program operators as they work to provide delicious and nutritious meals for youth across the state. Did you know that ADAI has a website page dedicated to school programs? It’s true! They’ve recently added fresh new reimbursable meal posters to take the guesswork out of communicating meal options to your students. Feel free to download the PDFs and use as needed.  Download Here!

Technology Integration

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Webinar: November 16th @ 10:30am EST

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Professional Learning

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Member Spotlight

Tom McFarland
Business Manager

Tom McFarland is the Business Manager at Triton School Corporation. He has been with the corporation for 9 years but has been a Business Manager for 21 years.

In the last year, he has spent most of his time on financial oversight. The things that he has focused most on are making sure that money is allocated correctly based on state requirements, avoiding the ESSER-cliff, and allocating bond proceeds to fund small projects across the buildings.

Tom hopes that Triton can retain the respect and pride that they have earned throughout the community that they represent. They are reputed for their academics, athletics, and creating successful and respectful citizens in their community.

We asked Tom what he finds rewarding about his position. He shared, “After completing a task or project, seeing the reactions of the students, staff, and community and knowing that I assisted in making it happen. For a small school, to have the facilities that Triton has instills pride throughout our students, staff and community."

In his spare time, Tom enjoys spending time with his sons. He has two, one is 17 and the other is 14. They are both involved in football, basketball, and baseball. Most of his evenings and weekends are spent attending their games. When he gets a chance, he loves to spend time outdoors either hunting or fishing.

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

574-254-0111 | niesc.org


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