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FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) – Hamilton Southeastern Schools has hired Yvonne Stokes, associate superintendent of Munster Schools, as the new superintendent of the Fishers-based district.
The Hamilton Southeastern School Board did not allow public comment as it voted on Thursday evening. The vote on the superintendent was the only item on the agenda at the board meeting. Two board members, Brad Boyer and Suzanne Thomas, voted against Stokes.
More than a dozen people outside the meeting at the Administration Center on Cumberland Road held signs that read, “Education, Not Indoctrination, Choose No!” And “HSE Board Stop Attacking Our Children.”
When the board approved her hiring 5-2, Stokes said, “Please don’t fret about academic excellence. We’re here to make sure our students are doing excellent academic work. “
Stokes says on her LinkedIn account that she received the 2018 Achievement in Education Award from Governor Eric Holcomb on behalf of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, the Indiana Black Expo, the Indiana Department of Administration’s vendor diversity division, and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration had received.
She holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from Purdue University.
The district began looking for a new leader after Superintendent Allen Bourff announced his resignation at the end of the 2020-21 school year.
Members of the ward had started a petition urging Bourff to resign after sending a letter to faculty in February explaining how the Black Lives Matter movement should be treated in classrooms.
“The Hamilton Southeastern Schools Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Yvonne Stokes selected as the district’s next superintendent.
“Stokes, who is currently deputy superintendent of the school town of Münster, succeeds Dr. Allen Bourff, who announced his retirement for the 2020-21 school year. Stokes will begin operations on July 1, 2021.
“‘We are excited to welcome Dr. Stokes to Hamilton Southeastern Schools,” said Janet Pritchett, President of the Board of School Trustees. “Dr. Stokes brings a wealth of experience to this role and provides valuable leadership and strategic thinking to drive our students to academic growth and success. ‘
“The board selected Stokes after an extensive search that included community contributions and a thorough application process led by search firm BWP & Associates. The process resulted in a total of 25 candidates from across the United States. BWP narrowed down the first interview list to 12 candidates. The six best candidates were selected for board interviews.
“It’s really an honor to be chosen to lead this great school district,” said Stokes. “Our children thrive in our schools when they understand their worth, know they are loved and supported, and are inspired to excel in all facets of their lives. To transform student learning and life outcomes through education, justice and excellence, we must all take a comprehensive approach. It takes me, it takes you, it takes us all! I look forward to listening to, learning from, and supporting our Hamilton Southeastern Schools family. ‘
“Stokes received the Indiana Governor’s Award for Educational Achievement in 2018 and was named a Leading Candidate for her extensive educational experience, collaborative approach to challenges, and responsive communication style.
“Before working in Münster for four years, Dr. Stokes in the Associate Superintendent’s Department at Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) where she served as the Academic Improvement Officer. She oversaw and assessed school principals, schools, and programs. She also helped implement curriculum, assessment, and instruction programs.
“Before he came to IPS, Dr. Stokes has served in a variety of roles at Blackford County Schools, Marion Community Schools, and Fort Wayne Community Schools, including Principal, Assistant Principal, Special Education Services Coordinator, Curriculum and Evaluation Director, and Teacher.
“In 2013 she received her PhD in Educational Leadership from Purdue University, where she also has a bachelor’s degree. She also holds a Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of Saint Francis and an Exceptional Needs License from Purdue University Calumet. “
Courtesy of Emily Pace Abbotts, School and Community Relations Director, Hamilton Southeastern Schools