IPS is thrilled to welcome Arlington High School back to the district in the fall of 2015, and we know having a familiar face of the district at the helm will ease the transition for all. Stan Law, the current principal of Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy, will continue serving the families of IPS as the new leader at Arlington. Mr. Law’s years of experience as an administrator at Shortridge and Broad Ripple High School for the Arts and Humanities have prepared him for this next leadership role, and we are excited to see him lead Arlington into a bright future.
Shane O’Day, currently serving as principal of Gambold Preparatory Magnet High School, will share his International Baccalaureate (IB) experience with the community as Shortridge begins the transition to an IB high school. As principal of Shortridge IB High School, Mr. O’Day will work closely with education leaders from Butler University for a renewed focus of Shortridge as a collaborative training ground for students, veteran teachers, and future educators.
Both of the newly-appointed principals were selected for their positions by a diverse panel of stakeholders chosen to represent a variety of IPS and community viewpoints.
“As they went through three rounds of interviews, the selection committee thought Stan was the perfect choice among their candidates,” said Academic Improvement Officer Dr. Ve-Lecia Council. “He knows Arlington students and the school community, and has a rich history with IPS and the city of Indianapolis.”
“Shane’s international experience, passion for the International Baccalaureate model, and commitment to maintaining the traditions of our historic Shortridge convinced the committee he is the best candidate to lead the school community into this exciting transition, said Academic Improvement Officer Greg Newlin.”
The exciting moves ahead mean double-duty for both principals for a couple of months; they will spend the spring both managing their current schools and preparing their future schools for the upcoming school year. They will transfer to the new positions on July 1, but we all know planning for back-to-school starts long before then!
Mr. Law and Mr. O’Day are both eager to collaborate with their new school communities to ensure a smooth transition where all students’ needs are fully met. As we gear up for the 2015-2016 school year, be on the lookout for announcements regarding community meetings and fun events to celebrate the exciting opportunities ahead for Arlington and Shortridge!