Stay Connected

District News

  • Hoernemann

    Special Announcement from the Avon School Board of Trustees

    The Avon School Board of Trustees is excited and proud to announce that the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents has named Dr. Margaret (Maggie) Hoernemann as the Indiana Superintendent of the Year!

    “As John C. Maxwell said, ‘a leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.’ Dr. Hoernemann is truly an impactful school leader who is centered on this path,” stated Board President Anne Engelhardt. “We are pleased that she is being honored by her peers.”

    Dr. Hoernemann has a great administrative team, dedicated staff and strong community supporting her efforts to help our students stay excited and excel in education.

    Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hoernemann!


    For additional details, please view the news release from the IAPSS below:

    Margaret Hoernemann of Avon Community Schools Is Indiana Superintendent of the Year

    INDIANAPOLIS – September 24, 2015 – Dr. Margaret Hoernemann, superintendent of Avon Community School Corporation, was named Indiana Superintendent of the Year for 2016 by the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents. She becomes Indiana’s representative in the American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year program.

    “Each of our eight district superintendents of the year for 2016 has done an outstanding job of striving for excellence despite prolonged budget challenges,” said Dr. J.T. Coopman, executive director of IAPSS. “In every corner of Indiana – urban, rural and suburban – superintendents are being asked to do more with less.

    “Maggie Hoernemann rose to the top of our state Superintendent of the Year candidates for her consistent, deliberate and multi-faceted approach to deal with the district’s $39 million loss to property tax caps. It’s a model school districts everywhere can learn from.”

    Hoernemann became Avon superintendent in 2012, after a downward financial spiral had already started. Avon Community School Corporation entered the Great Recession with significant debt from building new schools in the early 2000s to accommodate the suburban area’s rapid population growth. The district deferred purchasing buses for five years, a 2011 referendum to approve additional operating funds did not succeed, and unavoidable teacher layoffs had increased class sizes.

    Hoernemann started her new responsibilities with a listening tour, where school employees shared their frustration over lack of resources and stagnant salaries. By 2014 73 percent of the district’s computers were obsolete.  In 2015 Avon ranked 325 out of 365 public and charter schools in per-pupil funding -- $550 per student below the state average.

    Despite previous cuts, the entire organization still needed to become leaner.  Hoernemann created an Efficiency Task Force of 28 stakeholders in 2014.  Their recommendations resulted in new school boundaries to more efficiently share resources, $350,000 in transportation savings and $330,000 savings in custodial staffing. 

    Concluding that “we can’t cut or grow our way out of this,” the district developed partnerships to supplement reduced revenue. The district used a grant from Purdue University to provide $250,000 in professional development to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) instruction, and a $25,000 Duke Energy Foundation grant funded a summer vocabulary academy for students who are English language learners.  Hendricks Regional Health donated 400 newer computers. 

    Hoernemann convened several groups to educate the community about the district’s financial situation, including business leader luncheons, and Avon Oriole Advocates, a grassroots advocacy group.  She co-founded and serves as co-facilitator of the Avon Taxing Entities Collaboration, a group comprised of representatives of the town, township, library, Chamber of Commerce and state legislators.

    ACSC funding improved slightly in the new school funding formula as a result of the increased communication with legislators.

    Hoernemann feels the district is beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel of some very difficult financial times. The district now has a balanced budget and a AA+ bond rating – the district’s highest one in a decade.  Efficiencies and new funding allowed the district to add approximately 31 teaching positions for 2015-2016.  The additional staffing does not replace all 55 teachers lost, but it is progress. 

    Hoernemann is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio.  She also studied at the University of Dijon in France, earned a master’s degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University. She currently serves as president of the Avon Rotary Club and is a board member for the Avon Chamber of Commerce.


    Comments (-1)
  • Katie McLaughlin Advances as Top 3 Finalist for Indiana's Teacher of the Year

    Congratulations to Katie McLaughlin, Pine Tree/Sycamore art educator. Katie received a surprise visit of four observers from the Indiana Department of Education (including former Teachers of the Year) as she is a Top 3 Finalist for Indiana’s Teacher of the Year. Despite the surprise visit on a hot Friday afternoon, Miss McLaughlin was unflappable and continued to provide fabulous learning experiences for her students.

    We are proud of Miss McLaughlin and delighted that she is advancing.


    Katie McLaughlin



    Comments (-1)
  •  Fall Enrichment



    Comments (-1)
  • Natl Merit 2015

    Six AHS Students Named as Semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program

    Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. The AHS students are: Samantha Branham, Michael Campbell, Alyssa Corpus, Alyssa Fales, Angelina Shi and Brady Zeller.

    To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

    NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

    Steps in the 2016 Competition

    About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

    To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

    From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

    National Merit Scholarships

    Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2016. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 250 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 190 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 3,900 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

    National Merit Scholarship winners of 2016 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 315,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

    (**Students pictured left to right: Brady Zeller; Michael Campbell; Angelina Shi; Alyssa Fales; Alyssa Corpus and Samantha Branham)



    Comments (-1)
  • Substitute Teachers Needed at ACSC
    Avon Community School Corporation is accepting applications for Guest Teachers (Substitutes) for the 2015-16 academic year. Applicants must have a minimum of twenty (20) credits from an accredited college/university OR related experience in an educational setting with a high school diploma.

    Highly motivated individuals are encouraged to apply via the Applitrack application system located on the Avon Community School Corporation Human Resources home page: Salary Benefits: $75 for a whole day and $40 for a half day. 


    Comments (-1)
  • Microsoft Office is Available at No Cost to Avon Students and Staff
    Avon Community School Corporation is pleased to offer Microsoft Office 2013 Pro for all staff and students at no cost. Staff and students may install the Microsoft Office Suite on up to five personally owned computers or devices.  Licenses of the installed product remain active as long as the licensee is affiliated with Avon Schools and is eligible to maintain an active Office 365 for schools account. Here is the link with instructions to install the program.

    Comments (-1)

Superintendent's Message

A Message from Superintendent Hoernemann

Eighteen Ministers Walked into the Avon Administration Center…

It sounds like the start of a silly joke, but this was actually a quarterly collaboration meeting. Do you know there are more than 24 churches/places of worship right here in Avon? I didn’t until we decided to invite local religious leaders to meet with us quarterly. 

The goal of inviting these very busy folks to quarterly meetings is to exchange ideas about how we all support our community. This is in line with one of our Strategic Plan Goals which is “To enhance communications at all levels to build stronger, richer and more authentic relationships.”

What a pleasure it has been to get to know the religious leaders and to learn about their challenges and successes!  Likewise, each quarter we provide an update about our schools. Typically about 15 religious leaders join me for a one hour meeting.

The original goal was strictly communication, but so many other unexpected benefits have resulted. Two churches have volunteered to assist with mulching, painting, washing windows, and other tasks that are tough given our reduced staff. Seven churches have provided food for food-insecure families. Some have even “adopted” a school and support the staff and students in myriad ways. We are grateful.

However, it wasn’t our intention to ask these fine people to “do more.” They already do plenty. So we continue to simply encourage the religious leaders to join us for a conversation four times a year.

Is your religious leader part of our group? If not, feel free to encourage him/her to contact me and join us in early December. Meanwhile, we are thankful for all the religious leaders in our community.

As always, I welcome your feedback. Feel free to email me at




Margaret Hoernemann



Twitter @AvonSupt


Educate. Excite. Excel.



Superintendent's Message Archives



Upcoming Events