Pharos-Tribune

Local News

December 18, 2012

Galveston principal to lead Southeastern schools

Plan calls for a 6-month transition period

WALTON — The Southeastern school board formally voted Monday to name the principal of Galveston Elementary School as its new superintendent.

Trudie Hedrick will assume her new post next summer. Before that, though, she’ll be working with the current superintendent, Dr. John Bevan.

“I’m pretty excited,” Hedrick said in a telephone interview Monday. “I can’t wait to get to work with Dr. Bevan in learning everything I need to learn.”

She noted that Bevan had already taught her a lot.

“He’s been a mentor for the last five years,” she said.

Hedrick has been the Galveston principal since 2008.

“As such, she is already quite familiar with Southeastern,” Bevan said in a news release announcing the selection. “She is dynamic, articulate and highly organized. She was one of the architects of Southeastern’s grade-level reconfiguration several years ago, has been active in developing the new teacher evaluation process and is a curriculum and technology leader.”

Hedrick said she hoped to carry on the proud traditions of Southeastern schools.

“We might even find a few new ones to start,” she said.

She praised the community involvement at Southeastern, something she said was critical for a school corporation to achieve success.

Hedrick’s selection culminates a process that had been under way since spring. By the time Bevan announced in September that he would be stepping down at the end of the school year, the board had been preparing for the announcement for several months. The board had held a retreat in May to clarify its priorities and fine tune its vision for the sort of superintendent it wanted.

Ian Jay, the school board president, noted that the board’s search produced 11 candidates. A consultant, Administrator Assistance, screened the candidates, and by late October, the board had narrowed the field to six. Eventually, the board brought in two finalists, along with their spouses.

“We had many good candidates,” Jay said, “but Mrs. Hedrick came to the top of the list.”

Jay said Hedrick had the clearest vision for the school corporation and the best understanding of the issues it faced. He said the board especially valued Hedrick’s long-term commitment to the school corporation.

“We had some really good candidates who made clear to us that for them, Southeastern would be a stepping stone,” Jay said. “We wanted someone who was committed to Southeastern.”

Jay stressed, though, that Hedrick’s selection had not been pre-ordained.

“She was one of six candidates we interviewed,” he said. “We still had two candidates in late November.”

Jay said Hedrick would earn $105,000 a year in her new post, slightly more than Bevan’s current salary. Other benefits, Jay said, are “very similar” to the package offered to Bevan.

Hedrick confirmed that she would like to remain at Southeastern for the rest of her career.

“I would love nothing more,” she said.

Not a lot of people know it, Hedrick said, but she has a historical tie to the community.

“My grandmother graduated from Galveston High School in 1935,” she said.

Though she grew up in Carroll County, she said, she still feels that link.

“It feels like I’ve come home,” she said.

Hedrick said her No. 1 goal would be to increase the amount of technology available to students in the classroom. The school corporation’s current policy is to allow students to bring their own electronic devices to the classroom, but Hedrick noted that some students did not have access to those devices. She acknowledged that any investment in technology would require the support of the school board and the community.

“I would like to have it happen in the next two years,” she said.

Hedrick has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Purdue University and a master’s degree in mid-management from West Texas A&M University, and she is currently working on a doctoral degree at Ball State University.

She and her husband, Jim, have been married for 35 years and have five children. The eldest is 33, and the youngest is a senior at Lewis Cass.

Bevan said he was pleased by Hedrick’s selection.

“She’s close to me philosophically. but she has a greater background in curriculum and technology,” he said. “She believes in a comprehensive school program with the value of the arts and vocational education.”  

Bevan is critical of what he sees as an unhealthy emphasis on reading and math to the exclusion of the arts and other subjects.

“Neither she nor I believe you should exclude the other things,” Bevan said.

Hedrick formally starts her new duties July 1.

“One of the strengths of this decision is that it gives us six months for the two of us to work together,” Bevan said.  

During that interim period, he said, Hedrick will be juggling two roles.

“She’s going to be a busy lady,” he said.

  • Caitlin Huston contributed to this report.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Boy severely injured in crash out of ICU A boy involved in an all-terrain vehicle crash April 6 has left the intensive care unit and undergone what doctors and his family hope to be his final brain surgery. Kohle Wildrick, 12, a Galveston Elementary sixth-grade student, remains hospitalized

    April 24, 2014

  • Police blotter: April 25, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 24, 2014

  • NWS-PT042414 Princess Singing-MAK Fairy tale remix: Lewis Cass presents "Once Upon a Mattress" WALTON -- Barbra Burch played Queen Aggravain in Lewis Cass High School's 1985 production of "Once Upon a Mattress." Twenty-nine years later, she is directing the musical at the school. "It's kind of surreal," she said. "There are some things that ta

    April 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Indiana Packers opening Frankfort plant FRANKFORT -- Delphi-based Indiana Packers bought a former Birchwood Foods meat plant in Frankfort and plans to reopen it this summer. Indiana Packers, which employs 2,000 full time at its Delphi plant, is investing $2.28 million to purchase, renovate

    April 24, 2014

  • Minding the nutrition gap Almost one in five children in Cass County who sometimes don't have access to enough food for a healthy life aren't eligible for federal assistance programs designed to address that lack, a new study indicates. Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap proj

    April 24, 2014

  • Police blotter: April 23, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 23, 2014

  • Mall mortgage up for auction The mortgage note for the Logansport Mall is scheduled to be sold at auction early next month. Foreclosure procedures for the mall began when lawyers for Algonquin State Bank, N.A., out of Algonquin, Ill., filed a complaint against the mall's owner -

    April 23, 2014

  • NWS-PT042314 Earth Day4.jpg Being kind to their mother: Lewis Cass students plant trees on Earth Day WALTON -- Weeks of planning came together Tuesday as students planted 22 trees on the grounds of Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School in observance of Earth Day. Amy Densborn, a science teacher at Lewis Cass, wanted to plant the trees so that students in s

    April 23, 2014 5 Photos

  • NWS-PT042314 Bags.jpg Students collect 2,475 pounds of plastic bags The Cass County Solid Waste Management District now knows to be careful what you ask for. The district opted to again this year host its plastic shopping bag contest for area elementary schools in observance of Earth Day. Overall, the district recei

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Inmate sues for religious services at Miami County prison BUNKER HILL – A Native American inmate is suing the Miami Correctional Facility for violating his constitutional religious freedom after the prison last year terminated Native American worship services. Daniel Littlepage says in a class action lawsui

    April 22, 2014

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

Yes
No
Undecided
     View Results
eEdition