Now, as superintendent, she feels she has “arrived.”
“I love Logansport and I love this school corporation,” Starkey said. Not only is it her alma mater — she has two children, ages 10 and 14, now attending, too. “For me it’s not a stepping stone.”
“It’s more of, like a calling,” she explained. “I’m supposed to provide the stability and leadership for this school corporation.”
Starkey said she was “shocked” when chamber representatives walked into her office with balloons to inform her of her selection for one of the chamber’s highest awards.
“Getting awards is not something I ever think about,” she explained. “It’s not about me. It’s a reflection of the great people we have at the school corporation and all the great things going on.”
Since Starkey took the superintendent’s helm three years ago, she’s seen the schools take “great steps forward,” she said, including expanding opportunities for both at-risk and high-ability students, improving test scores and strengthening relationships with other organizations in the Logansport area.
The schools’ relationship with Four County Counseling Center, she explained, “has just blossomed over the past three years.” This year, the center installed staff counselors at Logansport High School, Lincoln Middle School and Columbia Middle School.
Relations between the school and local law enforcement have grown stronger, too, with the addition of several school resource officers and the launch of the PATHS program this year — “Police And Teachers Helping Students.” Through that program, one Logansport police officer rotates between the elementary schools conducting safety programs and building positive relationships between police and elementary students.
“That’s been a positive impact for everybody,” Starkey said.
One principle she says has influenced her work in the school corporation is treating people how she’d want to be treated herself.