ABOUT DR. MELIN
Dr. Andrew Melin was raised in Michigan and received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in 1984. Dr. Melin received his master’s degree in school counseling from St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1993 and received his superintendent credentials in 2004 from Indiana State University.
Dr. Melin has served the public school education system for 26 years. During that time, he has held the positions of classroom teacher, counselor, dean, principal, assistant superintendent and Superintendent Peru Community Schools and Valparaiso Community Schools. He just began his third year as Superintendent for Greater Clark County Schools.
Dr. Melin has achieved numerous accomplishments during his years in education. Dr. Melin has led three districts in goal setting and strategic planning, most recently Greater Clark County Schools. Over ninety individuals were invited to join the committee, including students, teachers, parents, administrators, school board members, classified staff representatives, higher education representatives, business leaders, and government representatives. The committee meets at least twice a year to review the plans’ progress.
In a previous district, Dr. Melin implemented a successful “Response to Instruction/Intervention” system in which schools screen and monitor the progress of all students. This system of academic intervention provides early, systematic assistance to students needing additional educational or behavioral support in order to succeed in the classroom. “RTI” seeks to prevent academic failure through early intervention, frequent progress measurement, and intensive research-based instructional interventions for students who continue to have difficulty.
While serving as Superintendent for Peru Community Schools, Dr. Melin drastically increased emphasis on alternative education and expanded the program to first through twelfth grade with 217 students served in 2008-2009. The expansion of the alternative education program was a major factor in Peru High School’s graduation rate improvement from 69% to 81% in just one year.
Dr. Melin’s main initiative at Greater Clark County Schools is the College & Career Readiness program. The initiative began with the district’s strategic plan. Inside the Student Achievement and Instruction area, stakeholders identified college and career readiness as a goal: “By 2018, Greater Clark County Schools’ graduation rate will meet or exceed the state goal and ensure all graduates are accepted to post-secondary education or employment opportunities.
The graduation rate for Greater Clark increased from 81.4% in 2011-12 to 88.4% in 2012-13, just shy of the state average of 88.6%. Greater Clark exceeded the state goal of 90% for 2013-14 with a 90.2% graduation rate.