Pund pegged as new Southeast superintendent

By LEANN BURKE
lburke@dcherald.com

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FERDINAND — When Forest Park Junior-Senior High School Principal Jamie Pund heard that she’d been chosen as the next superintendent of Southeast Dubois Schools, it was a dream come true.

Since her first day of teaching about 20 years ago, Pund, a Ferdinand native and 1997 Forest Park graduate, knew she wanted to be an administrator, eventually reaching superintendent level. When current superintendent Rick Allen announced his retirement in July, Pund knew she had to apply to fill the vacancy.

“To me, this is my dream. This was my goal all along,” Pund said. “Being in this position at Southeast Dubois is amazing.”

The school board chose Pund from a pool of six applicants. Although the hiring process spanned over six months, Board President Kent Uebelhor said Pund emerged as the obvious choice.

“As we were going through the interview process, it became pretty obvious who it should be,” Uebelhor said.

Although this will be Pund’s first superintendent gig, she’s worked in a central office before. Earlier in her career, Pund was the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for a year and director of teaching and learning for five years at the same school system, Jonathan Alder Schools in Plain City, Ohio. She began her career teaching sixth-grade mathematics in that school system in 2002. Right before returning to Ferdinand, she was principal of Canaan Middle School in Plain City, Ohio. She returned to Forest Park to serve as assistant principal under Jim Mehling in 2015 and took over as principal in 2016 following Mehling’s retirement.

Looking ahead, Pund said she’s excited and honored to continue serving the school corporation and the community. Working in a consistently successful school corporation in a strong community like Ferdinand is an honor, she said. She’s looking forward to continuing the tradition of success in the future, adding that whatever is in the school’s future, she won’t be the only one responsible for its success. She knows she has a team of strong administrators, teachers and staff members helping her make it happen.

“Wherever we go from here, we’ll do it as a team,” she said.

Pund lives in Ferdinand with her husband, Mark, and their twins, Dalton and Haley.




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