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[9] Mishler Honors Local Superintendent As Leader, Dedicated Educator

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 23, 2012) – State Sen. Ryan Mishler (R-Bremen) today honored Penn-Harris-Madison administrator Dr. Jerry Thacker at the Statehouse for his outstanding achievements in education, making him Indiana’s 2012 Superintendent of the Year.

Mishler presented Thacker with Senate Resolution 28 honoring the local superintendent for his leadership.

“Dr. Thacker displays a desire to help students in our community and is dedicated to working hard in achieving high standards at our local schools,” Mishler said. “His creative use of resources to boost educational programs while saving his district millions of dollars makes him worthy of this recognition.”

Thacker’s accomplishments for the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. include achieving several four-star schools in the district, Adequate Yearly Progress in every elementary and middle school, and a position in the top five percent of the state for SAT and AP scores.

Penn High School was named one of 25 exemplary AP schools in Indiana and is recognized as one of the best high schools in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report.

Thacker is a member of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents, a commissioner for the St. Joseph County Area Plan Commission, and served on the board of directors for the Project Future Economic Development Group in St. Joseph County.

He was selected from seven District Superintendents of the Year by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents, a non-profit, professional association of 425 academic members.