Northwest Indiana Education Service Center

Executive Director Notes

As the 2021-2022 school year is being finalized, and the 2022-2023 school year is being planned and prepared, I encourage you to spend some time in June and July to prioritize you and your family. Take time to unwind, relax, and rejuvenate. The beginning of the 2022-2023 school year will be here before you know it!


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Preparing for 2022-2023 School Year
Below are some reminders and resources for the upcoming school year.  

  • Be sure to use the updated free and reduced materials for 2022-2023 SY. The IDOE updated the forms and letters with the new non-discrimination statement and income guidelines. Forms cannot be distributed until Friday, July 1, 2022.

  • Be sure to update your website and all materials with the updated non-discrimination statement.  Websites must be updated by Wednesday, August 3, 2022. Check your POS letters to make sure they are updated as well. 

  • Are you signed up to receive the IDOE School Nutrition Program weekly newsletter?  If not, you can sign up here!

Indiana School Safety

To date, more than $110 million dollars has been awarded to secure Indiana’s schools through money appropriated by the Indiana General Assembly, federal grants, and matching funds used by local school districts, charter schools and nonpublic accredited schools.
Secured School Safety Grant: Open June 1, 2022

The FY2023 Secured School Safety Grant application period opened at 8 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. The application will close at 4:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 30, 2022. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted. The notice of funding opportunity will be released when the grant application opens, and it will include all the information necessary for a successful grant application for the program.

Prior to submitting an application for this funding opportunity, applicants must:
  • Be registered in IntelliGrants.
  • Have an active bidder number with the state of Indiana.
  • Have an active supplier number with the state of Indiana.
  • Have conducted a threat assessment.
  • Have a memorandum of understanding in place with a community mental health center oremploy a provider certified or licensed by the state to provide mental or behavioral healthservices to students.
  • Certify that the school corporation, charter school or accredited nonpublic school islocated in a county that has a county school safety commission
  • Sign up for grant updates.

The period of performance will be Sept. 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2023.

See the website for full details

Professional Learning

Congratulations! You made it through another year! You truly deserve a break. If you are like me and find it hard to disconnect, I encourage you to explore IN Learning Lab. The growing IDOE site has ample opportunities for personalized PD and everything is free! In fact, mark "complete" after each opportunity and watch your points towards PGPs grow under your profile. 
A few of my favorites:
The Educational Service Centers of Indiana will be offering training for new administrators related to the needs of the RISE evaluation plan. There will be virtual and in-person options. Dates to be announced soon.

Member Spotlight

River Forest Community
School Corporation
Kevin Trezak is the Superintendent at River Forest Community School Corporation. He has worked with River Forest since 2014; initially as Principal at Meister Elementary, then on to Assistant Superintendent in the winter of 2016, Interim Superintendent in May of 2021, and finally, Superintendent in April of 2022.

Kevin is a graduate of the corporation and all of his kids either have graduated from or currently attend River Forest Schools. Therefore, in a way, he has always been there.

When asked about this school year, Kevin shared, “It has been one heck of a year!  I have searched for, and hired the following individual positions: Director of Transportation, Principal at Meister Elementary, Principal and Assistant Principal at River Forest High School, CFO, Treasurer, Payroll Specialist, Director of Building and Grounds, Assistant Superintendent, Director of Health Services, and Director of Title 1 Programs.  We are a small corporation but my meetings now have about 75% new faces in them.  What a team we have, however!  They are very skilled individuals.  In the background of this, we have been focusing on improvement of our financial systems and improvement of communication while moving into the post-COVID-19 Era.”

Looking to the future, Kevin said their next projects include putting together 5- and 10-year plans for every aspect of the corporation with a focus on improvement in academics and mental well-being for students; improvement in financial systems and communication for the corporation; and a real focus on improvement of climate while building on the strengths of their culture and community. 

We asked Kevin what he finds most rewarding about his job. He said, “I was one of those principals that never wanted to leave my building because I loved building level administration so much. But, as duty called me higher and higher (ultimately to the role of superintendent), I have learned to appreciate the bigger picture.  I find it most rewarding that I am entrusted with the highest level of decisions that require a strong working knowledge of everything that goes on in a K-12 school system.  It is incredible when you consider all of the moving parts that go into the day-to-day operations of schools.”

In his spare time, Kevin is a dedicated family man. His passions also include barbeque, landscaping, and all different kinds of music.
Kevin Tresak

Northwest Indiana Education Service Center
56535 Magnetic Drive
Mishawaka, IN 46545

219-926-5555 |