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HSE Superintendent Search

The Hamilton Southeastern School District has undertaken a search for our new superintendent. The education executive search firm, BWP & Associates, has been hired to assist in finding the best candidate to serve the citizens of Hamilton Southeastern.  This website was created to share that process with you. The main page will be used to spotlight where we are in our search process. You can visit the links below to see additional information.   

Superintendent Announcement

The Board of School Trustees for Hamilton Southeastern Schools has selected Dr. Yvonne Stokes as the district’s next superintendent.

Stokes, who is currently assistant superintendent for the School Town of Munster, succeeds Dr. Allen Bourff, who announced his retirement earlier in the 2020-21 school year. Stokes will begin her duties 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 will provide valuable leadership and strategic thinking to propel our students toward academic growth and success.”

The board chose Stokes after an extensive search that included community input and a thorough application process led by B.W.P. & Associates search firm. The process yielded a total of 25 candidates from throughout the United States. B.W.P. narrowed the initial interview list down to 12 candidates. The top six candidates were selected for board interviews.

“It truly is an honor to be selected to lead this great school district,” Stokes said. “Our children thrive in our schools when they understand their value, know they are loved and supported and are inspired to excel in all facets of their lives. Transforming learning and life outcomes for students through education, equity and excellence requires an all-hands-on-deck approach by ALL of us. It takes me, it takes you, it takes all of us! I look forward to listening to, learning from and supporting our Hamilton Southeastern Schools family.”

A 2018 recipient of the Indiana Governor’s Award for Achievement in Education, Stokes emerged as the leading candidate because of her comprehensive education experience, her collaborative approach to addressing challenges and her approachable communication style.

Prior to her four-year stint in Munster, Dr. Stokes worked in the associate superintendent’s department at Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), where she served as an academic improvement officer. She provided oversight and evaluation of principals, schools and programs. She also helped implement curriculum, assessment and instructional programs.

Before joining IPS, Dr. Stokes served at Blackford County Schools, Marion Community Schools and Fort Wayne Community Schools in a variety of roles, including principal, assistant principal, special education services coordinator, director of curriculum and evaluation and teacher.

In 2013, she earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Purdue University, where she also holds an undergraduate degree. She also earned a master’s degree in special education from University of Saint Francis and a licensure in exceptional needs at Purdue University Calumet.

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Click below to listen to remarks from Superintendent Designate Dr. Yvonne Stokes. 

Search Progress Updates

March / April 2021
Superintendent’s Contract to be Published - (Revised Date: March 29 & 31)
Board Discussion of new Superintendent Contract – (Revised Date: April 14
Superintendent Annoucement - April 22 at 6:30PM, HSE School Board Meeting

February 2021
On Feb. 11, a slate of six top superintendent candidates were presented to the school board. Interviews were held via Zoom on Feb. 15 and Feb. 17.

According to B.W.P. & Associates, the search firm hired by HSE, more than 50 candidates either contacted or expressed interest in the position. A total of 25 applied.
Of the applicants, candidates came from seven states and 12 were current superintendents, eight were assistant or deputy superintendents, two were principals and three were in other roles.
From the pool of 25 applicants, B.W.P. narrowed it down to 12 candidates for initial interviews with the search firm. The top six candidate were selected to do virtual interviews with the board.
The button to the left identified qualities in which the board desires in the new superintendent. This list was created after consulting with staff, students and members of the community.
  • A visionary leader and strategic thinker who is able to lead the Board, School Corporation, and the community in ensuring equity, academic growth, high standards and providing optimal learning for all students through his or her expertise, passion, and knowledge of teaching and learning;
  • A person who will incorporate equity, diversity, and inclusivity as part of the landscape of the overall wellbeing of students, staff, and the community;
  • A person who will communicate effectively with internal and external stakeholders both in oral and in written form to ensure that all aspects of the School Corporation’s communication are effective and timely;
  • A strong leader with integrity, compassion, honesty, fairness  who  makes decisions and executes them with courage and has the ability to unite the school’s overall leadership team;
  • A skilled motivator and collaborator who can lead the Board, the staff, and the community;
  • An experienced leader who will be highly visible in the schools and the community;
  • A student-centered leader with exceptional human relations skills, the proven ability to inspire people to the highest levels of achievement and accountability, and spread the good news of the successes of HSE;
  • A problem solver who is a capable of identifying issues, rendering suggestions for improvement, making tough decisions, and executes effectively;
  • A leader with high EQ (Emotional Intelligence) who shows appreciation to all staff for their efforts in providing students the opportunities for success;
  • A consensus builder and team builder who is approachable, listens to all voices, and understands and appreciates different points of views;
  • A person who understands the uniqueness and the landscape of a complex suburban community with multiple political agendas and can work for consensus;
  • A person who understands Indiana school finance, collaborates on seeking additional resources, and can lead a community through its next referendum.

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

  • Central Office
  • 13485 Cumberland Road, Fishers, IN 46038
  • Office Hours: M - F 7:30am - 4:30pm 
  • (317) 594-4100  (800) 905-6665

  • HSE Schools wants to hear from you! To send a general inquiry to the District Administration Office, click here. 

Our Mission

Hamilton Southeastern Schools, as a forward-thinking school district, provides educational opportunities to ensure the success of each and every student, to become a responsible citizen and to positively influence an ever-changing world community.