Hamilton Southeastern superintendent announces retirement


Hamilton Southeastern Schools Supt. Allen Bourff announced Nov. 30 that he will retire at the end of the 2020-21 school year. Bourff’s last day will be June 30, 2021.

CIF COM Bourff headshot

Bourff has served as HSE superintendent since January 2015.

“When I accepted this appointment six years ago, we faced some tremendous financial challenges, and through working together, we have created internal structures that we now take for granted on most days — mental health therapists, assistant principals, community-based education programs, and more on the drawing board,” Bourff stated.

HSE Board of School Trustees President Michelle Fullhart commended Bourff on his leadership.

“Dr. Bourff has transformed our instructional framework with HSE21 and fostering community partnerships with Conner Prairie and the City of Fishers,” Fullhart stated. “He has also been integral in the opening of two new schools – Southeastern Elementary and Hamilton Southeastern-Fishers Academy. We especially appreciate his leadership during this unforeseen and challenging year.”

HSE Board of School Trustees has hired BWP & Associates to conduct a superintendent search, which will include a series of focus groups with community stakeholders.

“Last spring when I planned this announcement, I was timing it for early January. However, the group hired to advise the Board through the process of hiring a new superintendent, asked if I could move up my announcement. This would allow them to begin conducting discussions with focus groups in December,” Bourff stated.

Members of the school community are being selected to help determine the qualities to be prioritized in selecting the new superintendent. The school board wants to name the new superintendent by early spring with a tentative start date of July 1, 2021.

“We are confident we will be able to find a new superintendent who will continue our tradition of innovation and success,” Fullhart stated.

Prior to coming to HSE, Bourff was superintendent of Richmond Community Schools, where he is credited with nearly doubling graduation rates over an eight-year period and improving the corporation’s ISTEP scores. The Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents named Bourff State Superintendent of the Year in 2008.

Bourff began his career in education as an English teacher at Knox High School in 1978.


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