State school chief coming to Columbus

The state’s top education official will visit the Columbus Area Career Connection next week to hear from the public and discuss education issues on the minds of residents.

Jennifer McCormick, Indiana superintendent of public instruction, will conduct a teacher and community meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the C4 construction engineering technology lab at Columbus North High School, 1400 25th St.

McCormick is a former special-education and language arts teacher, elementary principal and superintendent for Yorktown Community Schools in the Muncie area. She became the state’s top education official in January after winning office last year.

Collaboration has been a focus under McCormick’s leadership at the state level, and a series of community meetings — planned in every congressional district — are a way to hear from parents and community leaders,┬ásaid Adam Baker, education department spokesman.

People who attend the Columbus meeting can expect a brief overview of education in Indiana, focusing on topics such as one-to-one initiatives and the number of different languages spoken at Indiana schools, Baker said.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com