Perry Township Schools believes it is important to have an ongoing dialogue with these lawmakers because they can effect change and impact the school environment for students and staff. We are truly thankful to have state and federal lawmakers who are willing and enthusiastic to accept our invitations to visit our schools and engage with students and staff.
Perry Meridian High School recently welcomed U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and U.S. Rep. Andre Carson(D-Ind.). Sen. Young serves on several committees including the Senate Committees on Finance, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Foreign Relations. Very appropriately, he began his visit in Economics class where he answered several questions about his job. He was also given the opportunity to visit with senior student Charles Stoner, who was recently nominated by Sen. Young for the U. S. Naval Academy.
Afterward, Principal Kert Boedicker escorted Sen. Young to staff members of FOCUS, the student newspaper. The budding journalists asked insightful questions about foreign relations, student debt solutions, and alternatives for students who choose not to attend college.
Rep. Carson stood front and center at a recent Town Hall at PMHS. He patiently answered questions about issues facing our community and the world, and he described his role in creating policy for issues such as education funding and gun violence. He also talked about the importance of engaging young people in politics.
Southport Middle School rolled out the welcome mat for Indiana State Sen. Jack Sandlin (R-Indianapolis) and State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis). Sen. Sandlin took a tour of the newly renovated school, where Principal Stephanie Quinlan showed him the innovative programming available to students.
Rep. Behning also observed our teachers in action during a tour of our 21st Century classrooms, which includes Project Lead the Way – a STEM-based curriculum. Because Quinlan is a member of the Indiana Principal Leadership Institute which helps the Indiana General Assembly recognize the significant impact of school leadership on student achievement, she and Rep. Behning also discussed the legislator’s vision of future legislation that may impact education.
Perry Township Schools extends an open invitation for legislators and policymakers who want to work with teachers and administrators to improve education in Indiana. We are committed to providing each student a high-quality education.