“We believe Mr. Mapes and Mr. Sampson have the diverse expertise needed to serve the needs of our students and meet district goals,” said Ed Denning, board vice president. “Mr. Mapes’ extensive administrative experience, in addition to his collaborative leadership approach, will continue to move our district forward. We’re confident both leaders will inspire fresh ideas and strategies to elevate learning in our community for years to come.”
Mapes has 29 years of experience in public education and has provided leadership and advocacy at the local and state level. He has served as acting superintendent since October. During his time at the Indiana Department of Education he developed and implemented state guidelines for school efficiency. He is also experienced in the development of technology curriculum for teacher preparation programs.
Mapes, who earned a master’s and educational specialist degrees from Ball State, began his career as a teacher and basketball coach before serving as a high school principal and superintendent of Delaware Community Schools in Muncie.
“As I collaborate with our board and the Perry community,” he said, “we will continue to set forth a vision for high-quality education for every student in every school.”
Sampson most recently served as superintendent of the Clinton Prairie School Corp. He previously was the principal of Monrovia Elementary.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to help lead this growing district,” he said. “The progress that Perry Township has made in recent years is inspiring, and I look forward to working with the board on the goals and priorities it has set for the upcoming school year.”
Sampson has master’s and educational specialist degrees from Butler and Indiana State, respectively.