Legacy of Quick seen in constant advances

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. Superintendent John Quick made public Sept. 22 his intention to retire at the end of the school year. When he does, Quick will do so as the longest-serving superintendent in the school district’s history.

Quick, 61, said he’d been targeting this move for a while.

You could say that setting and successfully hitting targets has been a part of his 13 years at the helm of the school district.

Quick has worked closely with many educators and community stakeholders to improve educational offerings in Columbus, a partnership that has paid important dividends. For example:

•Teaming with the Community Education Coalition and other community partners on the Busy Bees Academy and iGrad program. Busy Bees is an early education program for 4-year-olds. The iGrad program helps at-risk students graduate high school.

•The Universal Design for Learning strategy to create curricula that stimulates all different kinds of learning styles instead of a one-size-fits-all approach.

•An emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses, both inside and outside classrooms.

•A long-term plan for steadily improving facilities by investing millions of dollars.

Those accomplishments speak to Quick’s ability to collaborate effectively with others in an effort to advance education locally. They also have put Bartholomew Consolidated on a good track for the future.

That’s the sign of a job well done.