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Pictured above: left to right:  Brad DuBois, Parliamentarian; Jessica Elston, Secretary; Scott Flood, President; Katie Chamness, 1st Vice President; Mike Allen, 2nd Vice President.

Scott flood, PRESIDENT

How long have you served on the School Board, and what led you to pursue this opportunity?

Since 2000. I decided to serve because I believe education has the power to help every student achieve his or her potential and personal fulfillment, as well as the power to enhance and strengthen our community as a whole. The tasty cookies served at board meetings may have also been a factor.

If you had to name one factor that has contributed the most to the ongoing successes our students have earned, what would that be?

A community that understands and supports the importance and value of education.

In your time on the School Board or in other school roles, what has surprised you the most?

The variety of challenges faced by our students and families, as well as the willingness of our teachers and other staff members to help those students address and overcome those challenges.

Considering the education of students in Plainfield, what do you believe is our greatest challenge moving forward?

Preparing today's students to succeed in careers that don't yet exist, in companies that haven't been started, and in fields we can't even begin to envision. For example, smartphones didn't exist when today's seniors were in kindergarten. And you know what? Our teachers and administrators will make it happen.

katie chamness, 1ST VICE PRESIDENT

How long have you served on the School Board, and what led you to pursue this opportunity?

I was elected in November of 2015. I am beginning my third year on the School Board. When my oldest daughter started elementary school, I began to volunteer in the classroom and become involved with the PTO. I developed a sense of excitement and pride for our community and schools. I continue to be humbled to be a part of the Plainfield School Board.

If you had to name one factor that has contributed the most to the ongoing successes our students have earned, what would that be?

Communication. Each employee at Plainfield Schools plays an important role in the success of our students. From the Support Staff to our Teachers and the Administration to our School Board; each individual contributes to the goals and values established at Plainfield. In my opinion, communication on all levels has to occur and be effective in order for our students to achieve success.

It is evident that Plainfield graduates go on to do extraordinary things and that is because each and every employee makes a difference. We all work together for the good of our students. Our school trustees and administrators work well together, based on excellent communication. This is key and a huge part of why we are so successful as a school system.

In your time on the School Board or in other school roles, what has surprised you the most?

Our families and patrons really care about our schools and the children in our community. As I filter through each school, I have witnessed parental and community involvement at all grade levels. Many donate their time, talents and much more on a regular basis. As they say, "it takes a village to raise a child." When I was elected and took a seat on the School Board, I knew that our community and school corporation were strong and that our parents are nothing shy of wonderful. However, no one could have prepared me for just how strong we are! I am very grateful for the families of Plainfield Schools. I have"'pep in my step" when I'm on any of our school grounds. Whether this be at a football or basketball game, a meeting or a school event ... I hold my head high at what we have accomplished as a school corporation.

Considering the education of students in Plainfield, what do you believe is our greatest challenge moving forward?

Recently, I have heard a lot of conversation surrounding the topic of growth in our community. Some of this talk has specifically been related to Plainfield Schools.

Our School Board and Administration spend a lot of time tracking growth. Much of that time is also spent discussing anticipated growth as well. One of the things our team is great at is planning in advance. This positions us again for success! This fall we will begin construction on our fifth grade school, Guilford Elementary. Around this time, we will also begin renovations to the current Middle School. All of these plans were created to identify a solution for the steady growth we are seeing. I am confident that the outcome of these projects will prove to our stakeholders that each student has all of the tools and space that they need to be successful in life. Mark my word! So what others may see as a challenge, I see as success.     

Mike Allen, 2ND VICE PRESIDENT

How long have you served on the School Board, and what led you to pursue this opportunity?

I joined the Board in June 2014. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the school corporation’s administrators and teachers to continuously improve the excellence Plainfield schools are known for.

If you had to name one factor that has contributed the most to the ongoing successes our students have earned, what would that be?

The commitment and work ethic of the students themselves. In a recent conversation with a long-serving and well-respected professor at Indiana University, he emphasized to me that to teach anything effectively "you have to have willing students." We have many willing students in Plainfield who are eager to learn. Hopefully, our renewed commitment to bringing joy to learning will deepen the motivation of those willing students and help us engage those students who have not fully realized the joy learning can bring.

In your time on the School Board or in other school roles, what has surprised you the most?

That's a tough one, because I've learned a number of things I didn't know before joining the Board. For example, I've learned the Plainfield community is very generous to our schools. Each month, the Board receives a list of all donations the school receives. There are many generous individuals and companies who donate a lot of money to support our schools, and those donations are very much appreciated.

Considering the education of students in Plainfield, what do you believe is our greatest challenge moving forward?

I believe the greatest challenge we face is figuring out how our students and teachers can continue to perform at the high levels they have in the past and at the same time lead happy, well balanced lives. The demands on students and teachers to perform at high levels are greater than ever. For that reason, we need to do all we can to eliminate unnecessary stress for our students and teachers (things such as excessive homework and overwhelming schedules) and make sure they have the tools and resources to cope with the stresses that can't be eliminated.

Jessica Elston, Secretary

How long have you served on the School Board, and what led you to pursue this opportunity?

I am in my second term on the board. I’ve always enjoyed being involved in our schools, as a parent and member of the community. I continue to be impressed with the planning and organization I witness; the people who work for our school corporation are so dedicated to our students. Serving on the school board is an exciting opportunity to support and give back to our students and community, and to show my appreciation for all the great things being done at PCSC.

If you had to name one factor that has contributed the most to the ongoing successes our students have earned, what would that be?

Our schools do a wonderful job remembering that it is important to educate the whole student; helping them understand how to set goals, overcome challenges and celebrate the growth and accomplishments that come with it. Mistakes are part of the learning process, not something to be defeated by or feared, but to be used as a way to learn and develop problem-solving skills to overcome obstacles. Learning how to manage bumps along the way provides our students tools they can use for a lifetime of success and positive growth.

In your time on the School Board or in other school roles, what has surprised you the most?

I continue to be amazed at the planning and preparation that occurs from the administration level, and how the schools embrace a culture that is proud of our accomplishments, but always looking for ways to grow and improve in order to benefit our students. This is always done in a way that best utilizes our current resources, making sure we are sticking to our commitment to be financially responsible to our community.

Considering the education of students in Plainfield, what do you believe is our greatest challenge moving forward?

Plainfield's commitment to our students and our community is second to none, and PCSC will continue to provide top tier education to our students, embracing the importance of the joy of learning. Keeping up with testing and other requirements that regularly change and evolve can be challenging, but something we will continue to do while not losing sight of our education process.

Brad DuBois, parliamentarian

How long have you served on the School Board, and what led you to pursue this opportunity?

I'm brand new to the board in 2019. I've always thought that if the opportunity presented itself to serve, I would like to do so.

If you had to name one factor that has contributed the most to the ongoing successes our students have earned, what would that be?

Community support. Without it our students have less likelihood of success.

In your time on the School Board or in other school roles, what has surprised you the most?

In my very short time I haven't had that experience yet. I'm sure that it is right around the corner.

Considering the education of students in Plainfield, what do you believe is our greatest challenge moving forward?

Dealing with the onslaught of all the information that students are constantly being bombarded with on a daily basis.