At its Jan. 13 board meeting, the Hamilton Southeastern Board of School Trustees appointed attorney Howard L. Stevenson to represent Fall Creek Township. Stevenson has lived in the community 15 years with his wife, Christa, and three sons. In his application, he said, “I am a strong proponent of public education, and I want to use my efforts to champion the cause of public education. All of my educational pursuits have been in the public school arena starting with my elementary school days and continuing through law school.”
He has his B.A. from Indiana University and his J.D. degree from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. He is currently managing partner of the law firm Coleman Stevenson LLP and concentrates his practice in the areas of business law, real estate, civil litigation and municipal finance.
“We were fortunate to have 35 highly qualified individuals come forward and offer to serve in the Fall Creek Township Board seat,” said board member Katrina Hockemeyer. “The selection process was extensive and involved two rounds of interviews. Howard Stevenson’s experience in his profession and as an HSE parent brings relevant knowledge and valuable perspective that will lend itself well to the ongoing work of the board.”
Stevenson sees the district’s greatest challenge as “continuing to provide teachers and administrators with the tools and resources they need to ensure the success of all of our students in a fast growing, diverse school district despite receiving a reduction in school funding.” He feels other important issues are maintaining effective class sizes and narrowing the gap between minority students and the general student body. He believes board members “should have the best interest of the students as the primary focal point. All votes rendered and policies and procedures implemented should pass the test of ‘how does this benefit or advance the cause of our students?’”
He sees board members as liaisons, and they should engage and solicit information and insight from the community members. “Service on the school board is a vital component for a successful school district. It takes a collaborative effort from teachers, parents, board members, administrators, students and community stakeholders,” said Stevenson. “When they are effectively working together, there is no limit to the students’ success.”
His other board/committee experience includes serving as superintendent of Sunday Church School for Eastern Star Church; on the board of directors for HSE Youth Basketball; on the board of managers for the YMCA, Ransburg Branch, in Indianapolis; and as general counsel for the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority in Indianapolis. Previously he was managing attorney for the Indiana Department of Transportation, general counsel for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and section chief for the Office of the Attorney General of Indiana.