Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 2, 2013

Peru superintendent named one of best in state

Chuck Brimbury in running for Superintendent of the Year title.

By Carson Gerber Kokomo Tribune
Kokomo Tribune

---- — PERU — The Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents has named Peru Community Schools Superintendent Chuck Brimbury as one its 2014 superintendents of the year.

Brimbury beat out around 50 other superintendents in the IAPSS’s 3rd district to win the title.

Ryan Snoddy, superintendent of Northwestern School Corp. and chair for the association’s 3rd district, said Brimbury landed the honor because of his dedication to working with students.

“Chuck has really worked hard to improve student achievement in his four years as superintendent,” he said. “He knows the community and the community’s values, and knows what needs to be done.”

During Brimbury’s four years in the position, the graduation rate increased from 69 percent to nearly 97 percent. The dropout rate dropped from 18 percent to 2 percent. During the same time, the district’s main budget was cut by 20 percent.

“Despite these dramatic funding cuts in our district … our students are performing academically and culturally at record rates in Peru Community Schools,” Brimbury said in a written statement to the IAPSS.

The 2014 Indiana Superintendent of the Year will be chosen from the IAPSS’s eight district winners and will be recognized at an awards banquet in December.

“I am humbled and honored to be chosen for this award,” Brimbury said. “It is a reflection of the outstanding accomplishments of our students, teachers and principals. I’m blessed to be part of the best school corporation and community in the state.”

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, or at carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com.