Chuck Brimbary is a no-excuses kind of guy.
Five years ago, he inherited a world of problems when he took over as school superintendent in Peru, a city of 13,000 people in rural Miami County. The high school graduation rate was stuck below 69 percent. Absenteeism and drop-out rates were among the state's highest. Test scores were scraping bottom. The district faced a state takeover.
Now, the graduation rate is close to 98 percent, attendance has climbed, and test scores have skyrocketed. Peru is a "turnaround" model, especially for schools facing the mandates of state education reform.
Last year, Brimbary's peers picked him as Indiana's "Superintendent of the Year."
These days, Brimbary and his schools are a model for something else: unintended consequences. Facing drastic cuts - including a shut-down of bus service that could shut out marginal students - Peru's schools illustrate the sometimes dire results of laws that may otherwise be well meaning.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.