Press release from Concord Community Schools
Concord Community Schools has a new head administrator.
The Concord school board voted to approve John Trout as the new CCS superintendent during a meeting today at Concord Junior High School. Trout will leave his position as superintendent of Madison-Grant United School Corp. in Fairmount, Ind., to take on the Concord leadership role.
Trout replaces Wayne Stubbs, who is retiring as superintendent effective June 30. Stubbs has served as superintendent of Concord schools since July 2011.
Trout grew up on a farm near Warren, Ind., in Huntington County. He credits two junior high school coaches and teachers who had a powerful, positive influence on his life for his decision to pursue education as a career.
“In high school, I was trying to determine what it was I wanted to do, and the idea of impacting students through the profession was something I consider a calling in my life,” Trout said.
Trout attended Taylor University from 1980 to 1984, earning a bachelor of science degree in secondary education and a kindergarten-12th grade teaching certification. He later graduated from Indiana University – Fort Wayne, where he earned his master of science in school administration with a specialization in curriculum supervision.
Trout began his teaching career in 1984, and later served as a principal at several schools in the Whitley County Consolidated Schools district in Columbia City, Ind., through 2007. That year, Trout earned his education specialist degree in educational administration (ED.S.) and began as superintendent at Madison-Grant United School Corp.
During Trout’s tenure at Madison-Grant, the passing rate for ISTEP+ (the state-administered performance assessment) increased nearly 15 percent, and the graduation rate increased 17.5 percent.
Earlier this year, Trout was selected to be a member (one of 12 in the state) of the eLearning Leadership Cadre for the Indiana Department of Education. He also participated as a panelist at the American Association of School Administrators National Conference in San Diego.
In 2014, based on his leadership and commitment to digital learning, Trout was one of 118 superintendents from across the country chosen to participate in the Connected Superintendents’ Summit at the White House. Just last week, Trout was asked to be a panelist in the “Achieving Digital Transformation” portion of the upcoming Indiana Leadership Symposium: Leading the Learning in a Digital World.
Trout feels his experience and skills are a good match for what the Concord school board was seeking in the new superintendent. One example is understanding the significant role technology plays in classroom instruction.
“Madison-Grant has been considered a leader in the state in blending learning and technology integration,” he said.
Concord school board president Randall Myers said Trout met the credentials and the criteria the board was looking for, including a focus on technology and detail.
“He just has an enthusiasm for the job and was extremely prepared,” Myers said. “He knew things about Concord that we were surprised he could have found out about in preparation for an interview.”
Trout is looking forward to being part of Concord Community Schools.
“I was aware of Concord Community Schools before the Concord Community Schools’ superintendent position was open,” he said. “Concord has rich traditions in academic performance and in extracurricular activities, whether it be in athletics or the fine arts. To become part of the community and part of the programming, academically and with all the extracurricular activities, is very exciting for me.”