The immediate and distant future

In case you haven’t yet heard our great news from a couple of weeks ago, our Board of Directors approved the motion to purchase land in Westfield that will become our new location for Options-Carmel.

This is a monumental achievement for Options that has been seven years in the making and will allow us to expand our middle school reach and serve more students in Indiana. We are fortunate to have so many people on our side that are extremely dedicated to our cause and I am forever grateful to those who helped lead the way for this next step.

While that news makes our future even brighter, so does recent changes to our Options team that will help our organization grow and improve in several ways.

An Options team member since 2006, Jacob Brandau has been promoted to the role of Chief Financial Officer after having served as a teacher and Principal at Options-Noblesville. I am confident in Jacob’s abilities and know he will thrive in this position.

Adam Barr, our most recent Options-Noblesville Assistant Principal, is taking over as Interim Principal and has been with Options since 2016. Adam and Jacob have worked very closely together leading up to their title changes in order to ensure seamless transitions for everyone involved.

I am also excited to announce the addition of Eric Walden as our Director of School Safety, which is a newly-created position at Options. Skilled in communication and organization, Eric is mission-focused and has a strong understanding of school safety goals. He will help ensure a safe and secure learning environment for every person in each campus.

We have also had the pleasure of adding some experienced and talented teachers to our team, which will only continue to raise the level of service we provide to our students.

Whether you look at the immediate or distant future, there are plenty of bright spots surrounding Options.

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– Mike