During a regular board meeting on Wednesday, December 13, the Madison Consolidated Board of School Trustees approved the hiring of Dr. Jeffery T. Studebaker as the new interim Superintendent.
Most recently, Dr. Studebaker was the Superintendent of Merrillville Community Schools (2016-2017). He held the same position with Clinton Central School Corporation (2013-2016) and prior to that he was Principal, administrator, coach, and science teacher at Lafayette Jefferson High School (2009-2013). Dr. Studebaker is a graduate of Ball State University, holds a Masters in Science Education from Purdue University, and obtained both his Building Administrators Licensure and Doctorate of Education from Indiana University.
Dr. Studebaker brings a vast amount of experience in various areas including strategic planning, teacher evaluation and compensation models, professional development, and a historical record of fiscal responsibility. A former Biology and Earth-Science teacher, Dr. Studebaker has relied on past classroom experience as he developed and implemented a number of programs and initiatives in each of his administrative roles. Spanning student impact from elementary through high school, he has implemented early Kindergarten programs, provided curriculum, master schedule, and student support services oversight, created student leadership programs and opportunities, and has proven results with various, innovative Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs which align with the existing graduation pathways at Madison Consolidated High School. “All in all we are very excited about the experiences Dr. Studebaker brings to our district. Much of his prior initiative implementation aligns with our current strategic framework. As we continue work on our strategic framework for the next 3 - 5 years, our goal is to continue to develop our staff, ensure our students have access to innovative curriculum and resources, and provide all students with hands-on opportunities for learning and lifelong success,” shares Joyce Imel, board President.
“I am excited to be with Madison Consolidated Schools and look forward to finding ways to assist the district,” states Studebaker. Dr. Studebaker currently resides in Lafayette, IN with his wife Emily and their children. Dr. Studebaker intends to be in the district a few days per week as needed but plans to utilize technology and virtual office capabilities.