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New HSE superintendent to discuss vision, impact of state budget
A Look Inside
H amilton Southeastern Schools will
begin the 2009-2010 school year
with a new superintendent, whose first
adjusted by a complexity index that is driven
by the number of students eligible for free or
proposal would have
helped to maintain
reasonable class Who’s Who A2
goals are to maintain a balanced budget and Two concepts in that funding formula sizes. “Smaller class Around Town A3
pursue funding equity. Dr. Brian F. Smith was hurt growing schools: size is critical. For Business Leader A4
recently appointed the new superintendent • The first was a minimum guarantee that example, in third
of schools by the Hamilton Southeastern assures a school will receive the same overall grade you learn to
Schools Board of School Trustees. revenue as it did the prior year, regardless of read and in fourth Plan Ahead A4
Smith, who will succeed Interim how many students it gains or loses. Under grade you read to
Superintendent Dr. Stephen Tegarden, served this plan, HSE would welcome approximately learn,” said Smith. Watch for this pull-out feature monthly.
as superintendent of the MSD of Southwest 850 new students next year but would receive If one can’t read in
Allen County school district from 1998 until only $62,000 in new dollars, enough to hire fourth grade due to
2009. Prior to his tenure in Fort one new teacher. less one-on-one time in third grade, then he
Wayne, Smith was won’t learn at the level that is expected of a
superintendent fourth grader.
We understand money is tight;
of the Centerville- Dr. Smith emphasized that even the
A b i n g t o n the government wants to reduce state Governor’s new funding formula does not
Leading Businesses. Leading Communities.
C o m m u n i t y spending. We want to be part of the solution, eliminate HSE’s budget challenges. The
This publication is designed, written and
and Edinburgh but we also want more equity in how those district would have to continue to reduce edited by the Fishers Chamber of Commerce.
Community schools. dollars are distributed across the state. expenses over the next two years.
Smith comes to “Quality schools are an economic 11601 Municipal Drive
Fishers at the same driver that draws people and business to Fishers, Indiana 46038
time the state budget for the upcoming • The second feature that hurts growing (p) 317-578-0700
locate here. This translates to new jobs,
biennium generated an extended legislative schools was a decrease in the foundation good customers, solid housing market www.FishersChamber.com
session. With budget issues a concern for the grant for each student enrolled. HSE receives and community involvement. Recognizing
district, Smith said he hopes to influence the few dollars from the complexity index and that strong schools contribute to strong
legislature. depends mainly on the foundation grant for communities, we support and are looking Please submit business news to
Recently, the Governor proposed a its instructional funding. forward to hearing Dr. Smith speak,” said amoore@FishersChamber.com
funding formula to a budget subcommittee “We understand money is tight; the Christi Wolf, president and CEO of the
for work before a special legislative session government wants to reduce state spending. Fishers Chamber of Commerce. Christi Wolf, President and CEO
begins June 11. HSE was pleased with this We want to be part of the solution, but we In order to hear what plans Dr. Smith has Jenny Banks, Chamber Operations
formula because it also want more equity in how those dollars in store for the school district, please attend Matt Catanzarite, Intern
• Increased the foundation grant for each are distributed across the state,” said Smith. the luncheon on June 17 at the FORUM Carol Doehrman, Event Coordinator
student (funding following the student), The formula that did not pass at the end Conference Center at 11:30 a.m. Visit www. Marcia Honz, Member Development
• Allowed districts to continue to pay of the regular session would have forced fisherschamber.com to register. Cost is $18 Alison Moore, Communications Coordinator
a portion of utilities and insurance from HSE’s class sizes to increase by as many as chamber members and $25 guests. Cheryl Robinson, Member Relations
Capital Projects Funds, leaving more General five students per classroom. The Governor’s
Fund dollars for instruction and salaries,
• And eliminated the reghoster for
declining schools. A reghoster gives districts August 1, 2009
funding for several years for students who
leave to attend elsewhere. This prevents the
Noon - 10 p.m.
state from funding a student twice in two USA Parkway Circle
The Governor’s formula has already met
with opposition and it will be an uphill battle
to get it passed.
The funding formula proposed but not
passed in the regular legislative session
would have penalized growing school
districts such as Hamilton Southeastern. In it
all school districts started out with the same
number of dollars per child (foundation
amount). Then foundation dollars are
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Who’s Who & What’s New
Mike Blanchet Denise Derr-Malm Joe Held Kyle Kottka
Community Hospitals RE/MAX Ability Plus Commercial Team Stanley Steemer
Mike was recently Specializing in assisting Construction For more than 60 years,
appointed CEO of residential real estate Commercial Team we have been bringing
Community Hospitals buyers/sellers within Construction is a Design/ cleaner, more comfortable
of Indiana, Inc. the Metro-Indy area. Build General Contractor. homes to America.
Gina Lewis Bruce Mannix Maureen May Molly Tittle
Indiana Members Mannix Agency Fishers Ambulatory Re-Form Movement
Credit Union The Mannix Agency Surgery Center, LLC Molly has brought her
Financial Institute, was established in 2003 Offers a state-of-the-art signature Barre Blend
savings, loans and is associated with same-day surgery center Body Workout to Re-Form
and investments Nationwide Insurance. inside the medical center. Movement Studios.
The majority of these photos were taken by Focal Point Studios.
Ball State University is offering an online graduate-level certificate Hamilton East Public Library’s website – www.hepl.lib.in.us
in information and communication technologies (ICT) designed - now offers two new online databases that can help businesses
for non-engineers who understand the importance of blending search for potential new customers or clients. To access these free
technological understanding with management skills and analytical, informational databases, simply visit the library’s website and follow
problem-solving insight. For more information visit www.bsu.edu/ the path from “Online Resources” to “Subscription Databases” to
distance/advising. “Reference USA”.
Community Health Network was recognized by VHA Inc., a Squeeze Fresh Smoothies recently opened a new franchise store
national health care alliance, for its efforts to provide health care that located in Fishers at 11769 Commercial Drive. It is the second
matches the needs of its community with a 2009 VHA Leadership Squeeze location to open its doors in Indiana. The franchise is
Award for Community Benefit Excellence. health systems nationwide owned and operated by Fishers resident Antone Ezell. For more
to be recognized for its efforts to serve community health needs. information, please visit www.squeezeusa.com.
C&S Consulting, LLC President/CEO Laina Molaski and Vice The Town of Fishers’ bond rating on the general obligation (GO)
President, Mandy Cooley are taking their expertise and applying debt has been raised by Standard and Poor’s (S&P) from ‘AA-
it to examiner.com. Molaski is the Indianapolis Small Business ‘ to ‘AA’ which will result in greater savings to taxpayers in the
Examiner and Cooley is the Indianapolis Working Moms Examiner. community. S&P cited the town’s continued tax base growth and
Both women are very excited to announce that they will have weekly diversification of revenues as justification for the increase.
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Around Town Inside Sallie Mae
In addition to providing
federal and private student loans
to undergraduate and graduate
students, Sallie Mae also offers
For nearly 20 years, the a variety of tools and resources
460,000-square foot facility seen to assist families with college
from Interstate 69 in Fishers has funding. For example, Sallie Mae
been home to the largest student encourages students to first
loan provider in the country. In explore free money, such as
2000, that organization became scholarships, by offering a free
part of Sallie Mae, the nation’s scholarship database with more
leading saving- and paying-for- than 3 million scholarships at
college company. Today, Sallie SallieMae.com/scholarships. In
Mae, employs more than 2,000 addition, the company recently
Hoosiers, nearly 70 percent added a scholarship search,
of whom are employed at the application and fan page on for businesses across the state. No other Sallie Mae location in
Fishers location. Facebook. With student loans come the country has the data and
Since 2001, Sallie Mae has bills, and with bills come lots print capabilities to the extent of
awarded more than $7 million Operations of mail. Sallie Mae sends out the Fishers location.
in grants to local nonprofits Sallie Mae manages student approximately 106,000 letters
and supports organizations loans for 10 million customers everyday during non-peak Your Financial Aid
such as the Fishers Chamber of and more than $17.5 billion in months. Since productivity is the Resource
Commerce, the United Way and 529 college savings plans. With key to any successful operation, In an effort to educate families
Habitat for Humanity, 8,000 employees nationwide, the printers at Sallie Mae are able about their college-funding
the Fishers location is the only to print 1,000 options, the employees at Sallie
Saving, Planning and Sallie Mae location to conduct pages per minute Mae want to serve as advocates
Paying for College core functions such as IT and from huge rolls of for their customers. O’Brien said,
Sallie Mae helps families save, guarantor servicing operations. cut-sheet paper. “It’s not just about student loans.
plan and pay for college. “We are Sallie Mae’s technology Despite the vast Do something for yourself- save
experts in this area,” said Barbara division is housed in Fishers amount of paper as much as you can, then we’ll
O’Brien, director, college bound and employs nearly 700 people. used daily, only help you with the rest.”
marketing at Sallie Mae. The first The company’s data center – about 10 percent “If we can educate them before
priority at Sallie Mae is helping the largest in the state with 800 of Sallie Mae’s business is done they walk on campus, we’ve done
families understand and plan for servers – houses cutting-edge on paper; the rest is done online. our job; that’s our goal,” she said.
their education investment. technology and serves as a model
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Meet Bill Lutz
What is your title?
BITs Business Information Topics
Attorney-Partner, Defur Golf Tips: Make A Smooth Transition Always try to arrive at least 30
Should a golfer pause at the top of minutes before your scheduled tee
Voran LLP Set Up “At Ease For Free Arm Swing”
the backswing? My answer has always time.
You need to minimize tension in all
How long have you parts of your body at address, but
been a qualified “no”. Rushing the The fastest way to lower your scores
served on the Fishers transition from backward to forward is to practice your putting and
Chamber Board of particularly in your arms. That’s
Directors? Started motions is just as destructive as chipping.
impossible unless your shoulders are
first term in January relaxed. Let them really relax, and
deliberately pausing between the
of 2005, held first office position in two. That’s why one of my key swing
2006, currently Board Chair. you’ll feel your arms go limp right
thoughts over the years has been,
along with the slumping, which is
Describe yourself and why you’re “Start down no faster than you begin
just the way they should be to make
an important asset to the Chamber. swinging back”.
a full, free, fluid golf swing.
I am an elder-law attorney and have Tips and Quips were provided
been active in the community since by Ironwood Golf Club.
moving here in 2000. I have the
experience of owning and growing Golf Quips:
a business here. I have also had - The older I get, the better - I was three over. - A gimme can best be defined as
the experience of working with the at golf I used to be. One over a house, one over a patio an agreement between two golfers...
small business of the Delaware and one over a swimming pool. neither of whom can’t putt very well.
County Chamber of Commerce
and can provide a bit of a different
prospective having worked in
community that faced much different
challenges. Plan Ahead Where To Be
What is your favorite part about Wednesday, June 17 Wednesday, July 1 Wednesday, July 15
being the Chairman of the Board? Monthly Chamber Luncheon Morning Motivator
I have really enjoyed getting to know Monthly Chamber Luncheon
chamber members and community FORUM Conference Center Arni’s Restaurant FORUM Conference Center
leaders. I am constantly amazed by 11313 USA Parkway 4705 E. 96th Street 11313 USA Parkway
the level of energy, imagination and 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
committment that exists in Fishers. 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
$18 members / $25 guests $10 pre paid only $18 members / $25 guests
Why is it so important to be a
Fishers Chamber of Commerce
member? All businesses need
to have a voice. We are making
fundamental changes regarding the Wednesday, June 24 Wednesday, July 8 Wednesday, July 22
role of government in business. It is Business After Hours Navigating the Chamber Business After Hours
imperative that business be proactive E.F. Marburger
in maintaining the ability to allow Sunblest Apartments Fishers Train Station
innovation and creativity to still fuel 11757 Garden Circle East 11601 Municipal Drive 9999 Allisonville Road
growth. A strong economy cannot be 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
managed, it has to be nurtured and No Cost No Cost
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The Fishers Chamber of Commerce would like Visit Us in
to salute these milestone members! Fishers and
15 year member: 5 year members: 317-842-2228
Indianapolis Power Cumberland Crossing Family
& Light Co. Physicians Noblesville
Pools of Fun- Brooks School
10 year members: Waste Management of
Humane Society Indiana WTE Group Quality Used
Cars & Trucks
for Hamilton County