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Meet East Allen County Schools New Principal of New Haven Intermediate School

Steve Snodgrass

“I am originally from western PA where my fondest memories revolve around becoming an Eagle Scout and playing Football. I initially attended Maine Maritime Academy and spent time in the Naval Reserve before arriving at Taylor University on a football scholarship to pursue a degree in education. The highlight of my Taylor experience was meeting my wife, Lori. After college I worked for the Fellowship of Christian and several different school corporations. In 2007 I arrived at Heritage High School where I taught Social Studies/PE and was Head Football Coach. In 2014 I became Administrative Assistant at Southwick Elementary and discovered a previously unknown passion for elementary education. The past school year I was Assistant Principal at New Haven Middle School.

My desire to work in education arose from three main factors. My own high school experience was made significant by the relationship that I had with an influential high school football coach. Secondly, I have always enjoyed working and interacting w/ children due to the general joy they bring to life. Finally, I view the field of education as an opportunity to leave a positive impact in life. I am thrilled to be at New Haven Intermediate and will work tirelessly to make a positive impact in our community.

Lori and I have lived in New Haven with our daughters, Rebekah and Abigail, since 2007. During our free time we enjoy family time at the lake, traveling, and anything related to football.”

POSTED: 08/14/17 at 5:39 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Board of School Trustees Recognize Technology Team

Technology Team

The EACS Board recently recognized the EACS Technology Department. The technology team shut down the entire network: phone systems, computer systems, copier systems, and district Internet for 9 days, from July 2 to the afternoon of July 10 while they moved from Park Hill over to New Haven Elementary.

A combination of 179 virtual servers and 36 physical servers, totaling 215 servers were systematically shut down, moved, installed, and rebooted, and tested to make sure they were in working order.

The physical move is still going on, as they are still moving tools, people, and equipment over to New Haven Elementary.  In the end, they will have moved their department, and the technology tools of the Department of Student Services, the Department of Special Services, and the Curriculum Department.

They have also purchased, inventoried, asset tagged, and, especially with the help of summer workers, are in the process of casing 4,840 new iPads for the K-6 students.  They have wired and bricked all K-6 storage/charging carts/cabinets in all K-6 classrooms, and they are ready and awaiting the arrival of the iPads.

They also found time to install new Brightlink projectors in 12 classrooms.

Team members include: Pete Miesle, Ken Sorg, Shay Pape, Mike Phommachanh, Joanne Turney, Cindy Fritz, Phil Huneck, Brad Romines, Ben Sullivan, Mitchell Locke, Robin Amstutz, Shari Hegerfeld, Amber Miesle, Keith Madsen.  Summer workers: Katie Knoblauch, Nathan Garstka, Jordan Vandenberghe, Makayla Knoblauch, Maddie Hildreth, Jocie Madsen

POSTED: 08/14/17 at 5:36 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

With Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently facing criticism for her guidance on the new Every Student Succeeds Act and state governments contributing nearly half of public-school funding, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017′s States with the Best & Worst School Systems.

In order to determine the best school systems in America, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 21 key measures of quality and safety. The data set ranges from pupil-teacher ratio to dropout rate to median standardized-test scores.

States with the Best School Systems States with the Worst School Systems
1 Massachusetts 42 Tennessee
2 New Jersey 43 Oregon
3 New Hampshire 44 Alabama
4 Wisconsin 45 Alaska
5 Vermont 46 Arkansas
6 Virginia 47 Mississippi
7 Minnesota 48 District of Columbia
8 Connecticut 49 West Virginia
9 Iowa 50 New Mexico
10 Maine 51 Louisiana

Best vs. Worst

  • Iowa has the lowest dropout rate, 9.2 percent, which is 3.4 times lower than in the District of Columbia, registering the highest at 31.5 percent.
  • Vermont has the lowest pupil-teacher ratio, 10.55, which is 2.2 times lower than in California, registering the highest at 23.58.
  • Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin share the highest median SAT score, 613.33, which is 1.5 times higher than in the District of Columbia, registering the lowest at 396.67.
  • Massachusetts has the lowest share of high school students who reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property, 4.06 percent, which is 2.6 times lower than in Arkansas, registering the highest at 10.60 percent.
  • The District of Columbia has the lowest share of high school students who were bullied online, 7.86 percent, which is 2.7 times lower than in Idaho, registering the highest at 21.08 percent.

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit:

POSTED: 08/06/17 at 9:57 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Marilyn HissongWelcome back to the 2017-18 school year! I hope everyone found time over the summer to enjoy some fun and relaxation.  As your new Superintendent, I am so very honored and excited to serve our students, families and community. It is a great pleasure to welcome our returning families as well as those families who are new to East Allen County Schools. We are looking forward to another exciting and successful year for our students and staff!

We are so fortunate to have a school district which we can be proud of – with students, staff, families, and the community coming together to support our mission to inspire excellence.

One of the most motivating parts of my job is being in the schools on a regular basis connecting with students, volunteers, and staff. The Board of School Trustees and I also look forward to engaging with our parents and community members throughout this coming school year.

East Allen County Schools is pleased to be welcoming new administrators this fall – many of whom have already been with EACS serving in other roles including: Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education – Teresa Knoblauch, New Haven Intermediate School Principal – Steve Snodgrass, and Woodlan Jr. Sr. High School Assistant Principal/Athletic Director – Dave Boyce.  Administrators who are new to our district include:   Heritage Jr./Sr. High School Assistant Principal/Athletic Director – Tim Burton, and New Haven High School Dean of Students – Joseph Brinker. We look forward to the new ideas and perspectives that these talented educators will bring to their schools and the district.

For your convenience I have included a few upcoming important dates:

  • Tuesday, August 8, First Day of Student Attendance
  • Monday, September 4 – Labor Day Holiday – No Student Attendance
  • Tuesday, September 12, System-wide In-service – No Student Attendance

On behalf of all of the staff of East Allen County Schools, best wishes for a successful school year to you and your family.  Please let us know if we can be of any assistance to your child(ren).


Marilyn Hissong, Superintendent

POSTED: 08/06/17 at 9:51 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Now Accepting Internship Applications
Indiana House Republicans are now accepting internship applications for the 2018 legislative session. 

The House Republican Internship Program is a unique opportunity to participate in state government at the Indiana Statehouse while gaining valuable hands-on experience. This paid program during the spring semester gives college students the chance to work one-on-one with state legislators while seeing firsthand how laws are made.

Internships are open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors. In addition to getting paid, students can earn college credit. This one-of-a-kind experience offers networking opportunities and could open the door to a career.


Also, you may have noticed that my email newsletter has an exciting new look. Not only will I continue sharing good news about what’s happening at the Statehouse, but I’ll be highlighting local events, free resources and special opportunities. You can contact me at or 317-232-9833.

POSTED: 07/29/17 at 8:24 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

LEARN Resource Center Accepting Registration for Before and After School Programs


LEARN Resource Center is now accepting registration for its before and after school programs in New Haven. Program sites are located at New Haven Primary and New Haven Intermediate. Before school program runs from 7 A.M. until school begins. After school program runs from after school until 6 P.M. Programs are for students who attend NHP and NHI. Registration is $25 per family, and $20 a week per program. You can register online at

The before and after school programs through LEARN are more than just child care. Children receive homework help, an afterschool snack, and participate in fine arts, STEM, and recreational activities. Lauren Brune, Communications Coordinator at LEARN, says “We believe children in East Allen County should have a safe place to go before and after school where learning and growing continue beyond the classroom, and I think our programs do that. Where else can your child get help with their math homework, and then watch a demonstration by Science Central or be part of a dance routine when Fort Wayne Dance Collective comes to visit?”

LEARN also has an afterschool program at Heritage Elementary.  This program runs afterschool until 6 P.M. for car riders and 5 P.M. for bus riders. Children in grades K-6 may attend for a one-time $25 registration fee. You can register for this program, at

LEARN Resource Center is a grassroots nonprofit in New Haven serving the community of East Allen County for over 50 years. For more information, or to make a donation go to

POSTED: 07/26/17 at 10:28 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools


East Allen County Schools will have the On‐line phase from Monday, July 24 – August 4 for currently enrolled students!

All Elementary/Secondary Schools Registration EXCEPT Southwick Elementary, Paul Harding Junior High and East Allen University

Monday, July 31, Noon – 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 1, ‐ 8:00 a.m. – Noon

Burmese interpreters will be available at Prince Chapman Academy, New Haven High, Heritage Jr/Sr High and Woodlan Jr/Sr High.

Spanish interpreters will be available at Prince Chapman Academy.

Southwick Elementary, Paul Harding Junior High and East Allen University

Tuesday, August 1, Noon – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 2, 8:00 a.m. – Noon

Burmese and Spanish interpreters will be available both days at all three schools.

Students new to EACS and enrolling for the first time need to make an appointment with the school office. Currently enrolled students may complete the on‐line

phase of registration from home but must visit the school to complete the registration process.

To complete the registration/enrollment process, parents must visit each of their student’s schools.

Please bring your Password or Activation Codes with you when registering at school.

Proof of Residency is required for new students at the time of registration. (Example: utility bill, lease agreement, etc…)

POSTED: 07/17/17 at 9:56 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools


The Police Athletic League (PAL) 2017 tackle football program will open registration on Monday,

July 10, 2017.  The registration can be accomplished online at or at the PAL Center during the month of July. Hours for the PAL Center are 9 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday – Friday.
Practices start August 2, 2017. They are held 3 nights a week, 5:30 to 7:30 PM at various sites.
Cost is $75.00 per family and all equipment is furnished by PAL.
Players must be ages 9-12 on August 15 to be eligible for participation.
This is PAL’s 48th year for this football program.
For further information contact the PAL Center at 432-4122.

POSTED: 07/01/17 at 8:15 pm. FILED UNDER: Schools, Sports

Relationships key for Folks

Outgoing EACS chief wins praise

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

If you are an East Allen County Schools student, chances are good Superintendent Ken Folks knows your name.

If he doesn’t, he likely knows your face.

EACS Superintendent Dr Kenneth Folks Talks With Preschoolers About the Blankets They Have Selected

The self-described people person tried to visit every school at least every other week during his four-year tenure at EACS, which ends with his retirement Friday. That’s 16 schools in 10 days, meaning multiple building visits per day was common, he said.

“They have so many events I want to be a part of,” Folks said, standing among spectators at New Haven Intermediate School last month for the fifth-grade rocket launch.

An invitation-only retirement celebration honoring Folks, 59, is set for Wednesday.

His 36-year career in schools included work as a social studies teacher, coach, athletic director and principal. He began his first central office job in 2010 as chief academic officer at Marion Community Schools.


POSTED: 06/25/17 at 2:17 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools



The EACS Technology Department will be moving to their new location in the former New Haven Elementary School at 800 Homestead Drive. The moving process will begin 12:00 am on Sunday, July 2 and should be restored by Thursday, July 6, 2017. During the move, phones, email, and all computer systems will be down, which will include:

 RDS parent access

 Access to transcripts

 The ability to create work permits

 The ability to fill out a job application

 Access to job postings

We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this move. For more information prior to the shutdown please call 260-446-0100.

POSTED: 06/21/17 at 3:40 pm. FILED UNDER: Schools