Superintendent Jim Hanna, of the Rossville Consolidated School District, was recently named the “Indiana District III Superintendent of the Year.”
Hanna was one of eight superintendents to be acknowledged by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents. The winners were selected by other superintendents in their district to recognize accomplishments and leadership skills in a time of limited resources. Of the finalists, one will be given the title of overall “superintendent of the year” in October. Hanna said he felt honored and humbled to earn the title for District III, which includes Clinton, Carroll, Cass, Grant, Howard, Miami, Tipton, Wabash and White counties.
“It was an honor because my peers recognized me for my efforts,” he said. “I come in everyday and do my best; a little bit of recognition is nice.”
Hanna has been the Rossville schools superintendent for 12 years. Since then, his focus has been on creating technology and resources for students. He secured 180 computers for the school district, and worked with his staff to receive two grants totaling $140,000 for additional technological support. During his tenure, Hanna also reallocated resources to better serve special education students, rather than being transported to a nearby district.
Shortly after completing high school, Hanna recalled giving the direction of his life some serious consideration. He was deciding between a career as a paramedic or an educator. He said he chose education because he thought he’d be able to make the most positive impact. As a teacher, he said, you have the power to impact an entire classroom of students. As as a superintendent, you impact an entire building of both students and staff.
He went on to receive his master’s and doctoral degrees from Indiana University.
Hanna said one of his greatest joys as superintendent is following his students and keeping track of their progress in life.
Prior to serving the Rossville school district, Hanna was the assistant superintendent and director of curriculum and research at the Jay School Corporation in Portland, Indiana.