Nancy Habig, president of the Greater Jasper School Board, is running for re-election to the District 4, Bainbridge Township, seat on the board.
According to Nancy, she’s running for school board because she cares about the children and town. She wants to ensure that all of the children, no matter what their background or ability, can reach their full potential. “My vision is to see Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools be the top school district in the state – a place where students love to learn and teachers love to teach,” she said.
“I feel I’m the best candidate to lead GJCS through the critical changes we’re facing in school governance – the way we finance our schools, evaluate our teachers, and test our kids,” Nancy said. “I will focus on maintaining low taxes and high quality public education. I’ll work to improve our use of technology and data analysis to enhance each child’s and teacher’s performance. I’ll promote preschool education and increasing community engagement.”
Nancy was elected to the school board in 1984 and became president in 2000. In 2007, Nancy earned the Indiana School Boards Association Outstanding Boardsmanship Award for her continued contributions to our local schools and community, and dedication to the education of students throughout the state.
Nancy has spent her entire adult life as an advocate for kids. She’s been a PTO officer, room mother, and booster club member. She helped to bring the first Post Prom to JHS, the first Reality Store to JMS, and the first computer labs to all our schools. During her tenure on the board, Greater Jasper Consolidate Schools (GJCS) has earned National Blue Ribbon and 4 Star School Awards, and an “A” Accountability Grade for the district. Jasper High School has increased Dual Credit, Honors, and AP classes, and opened an Alternative School for at-risk students.
Nancy has overseen the construction and renovation of all of the district’s facilities and kept school property tax rates low in comparison to the rest of the state.
When the JHS gym collapsed, Nancy worked to ensure the safety of students and protect taxpayer resources by negotiating maximum insurance coverage to rebuild the gym.
Nancy led efforts to initiate ongoing suicide prevention and intervention training for all staff, students, parents and the community. She helped implement anti-bullying and violence prevention programs and supported school-community partnerships to enhance the well-being of students and staff. Though much work still needs to be done, Dubois County’s teen suicide rate has been drastically reduced, and GJCS has received the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Empowerment Award for Education in 2008.
As a strong proponent of the arts, Nancy helped the school district become part of the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program. The GJCS partnership with the Jasper Community Arts Commission, Vincennes University Jasper, and The Kennedy Center, is one of only three in the state of Indiana and fewer than 100 in the nation.
Outside of school, Nancy is an active member of the community. She’s a lifelong Girl Scout, serving as a troop leader for 20 years, service unit chair, Girl Scouts of Southwest Indiana Board member, fundraiser, and event chair. She is a recipient of the Thanks Badge, the highest award for adults in Girl Scouting.
Nancy also volunteers for the Sisters of St. Benedict as a member and past president of the Executive Advisory Council, member of Women of the Rule, and co-chair for three capital campaigns to restore the Monastery.
She’s a past board member of the Friends of Southern Hills Mental Health Center and the Vincennes University Jasper Foundation, and is currently an Advisory Member of the Jasper Redevelopment Commission.
She was a finalist for the 2012 Athena Award and has received the Crisis Connection Community Service Award and the Jasper Jaycees Distinguished Service Award.
Nancy graduated cum laude from St. Louis University in 1969, with a degree in Medical Technology. She worked at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI and IUPUI Hospitals in Indianapolis, before moving to Jasper in 1976. Nancy and her husband, Doug, a Jasper native, have three children, Lauren, Josh, and Jill.
To learn more about Nancy and her proposals for GJCS’s future, visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nancyhabigschoolboard.