Dr D is superintendent of the year

Dr D is superintendent of the year

Madison Peckinpaugh, News Editor

GHS’s superintendent, Dr. Kent DeKoninck, was the recent recipient of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents Association Superintendent of the Year. 

“Through the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents Association, there are eight regional districts.  We are district 5. I was nominated by fellow superintendents and then was notified that I was the District V Superintendent of the year.  This then qualified me for the state superintendent of the year (along with the other 7 district representatives),” Dr. DeKoninck said. 

Dr. D has been an influential aspect in the Greenwood School District and has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

“Dr. D has been a great influence on me as a leader and my job performance. He establishes healthy relationships with all school principals which allows for authentic conversations and problem-solving environments,” Principal Todd Garrison said.

It was announced at the beginning of the calendar year that Dr. DeKoninck will be soon stepping down from his position as superintendent to focus more on his growing extended family. 

“I think he will enjoy his well-earned time with his ever-growing family, and I think we will continue on at GHS, but I don’t think things will really change much because of his retirement. But, I think the odds are greater than the other factors going on in 2020 might lead to changes,” Assistant Principal Craig Bruns said.

Dr. D has been a part of Greenwood schools for seven years and in that time has made many connections and brought the community together. 

“What makes me proud is that almost every item I would mention necessitated collaboration with our school staff, our school board, our parents, and our greater school community. It means adults pulled together for a common cause – that being the benefit of our students. I couldn’t ask for a better school community to be a part of to end my school career,” Dr. DeKoninck said.

Although Dr. D’s retirement will be an adjustment for many, it is not anything the school corporation can’t handle, especially after the large number of changes schools have already undergone in this school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Change is inevitable, and we will learn to adjust to a new superintendent. That being said, our school board will work hard to find candidates that will continue to maintain or improve a healthy school environment that Dr. D has created,” Mr. Garrison said. 

Dr. D will no doubt be leaving big shoes to fill.

“I will miss being a part of the best school community I have ever known,” Dr. DeKoninck said.