Mass. company to lead strategic planning for Indiana schools

2013-10-09T17:45:00Z 2013-10-09T23:40:13Z Mass. company to lead strategic planning for Indiana schoolsBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
October 09, 2013 5:45 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | A Massachusetts company was chosen Wednesday over two Indiana organizations to guide the State Board of Education's strategic planning process.

Daniel Elsener, the state board member leading strategic planning, recommended the Center for Educational Leadership and Technology advise the six-member panel as it crafts goals that will direct state education policy over the next three years.

CELT was the most costly option at $75,450 for three months work, though Elsener urged board staff to try to negotiate a lower price before signing a contract.

"It would be an investment, but I think we would get a great return," Elsener said.

The committee rejected bids by the Indiana Youth Institute and Indianapolis-based Thomas P. Miller and Associates, as well as a nearly free offer from the National Association of State Boards of Education.

Elsener said he thought even though it wasn't chosen, the education boards association may be willing to work with CELT on behalf of Indiana.

The full 11-member State Board of Education will decide in February whether to accept the goals recommended by the strategic planning committee.

At least one of the committee members that approved the CELT pick has experience with the company.

Republican Brad Oliver touted his attendance at a CELT executive education summit during his unsuccessful campaign last year for the Indiana House.

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