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Photo Graphic of newly named superintendent, Dr. Pleak
Craig Smith

During the April 9th, 2024 school board meeting, the New Palestine Community Schools Board of School Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Gina Pleak as the school corporation’s next Superintendent of Schools effective July 1, 2024. With 29 years of experience in public education, Dr. Pleak began her career as an elementary school teacher.  She comes to New Palestine after completing 18 years in educational leadership as a principal in Shelby Eastern Schools and as a principal, director, and assistant superintendent in Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation. 

“I am deeply honored and humbled to serve as the next superintendent for New Palestine Community Schools,” said Dr. Pleak. “I look forward to meeting and developing relationships with students, staff, families, and community members.”  

Throughout the selection process, school board members collaborated with the respected University Search Team as well as collected input from families and community members through a community survey.  Following a series of interviews, the board agreed that Dr. Pleak is poised to lead the district into the future.

“Dr. Pleak is an extraordinary person. Her extensive experience as an educational leader impressed us, and we are confident she will elevate our already exceptional school community”, said school board president Laura Haeberle.  “Dr. Pleak’s diverse experience, serving districts ranging in enrollment size from 1,200 to nearly 12,000 students, positioned her as an excellent choice to lead our growing and evolving school corporation, and we are thrilled she chose to join New Palestine Community Schools as the next superintendent”.

Current superintendent, Dr. Lisa Lantrip, will retire at the end of June after a decade of service to New Palestine Community Schools.  She is enthusiastic about the district’s future under Dr. Pleak’s leadership.  

“It will be exciting to work with Dr. Pleak as she transitions into her new role,” said, Dr. Lantrip. “Her energy and commitment to continued success in New Palestine Community Schools is evident, and I am confident it will be a seamless transition.  Dr. Pleak is the right leader to elevate our corporation to its greatest heights yet.”

Dr. Pleak and her husband, Jeff, are in the process of relocating to Hancock County and look forward to calling the New Palestine community home.  They are parents to two grown sons, Jared and Jalen.  

Help welcome Dr. Gina Pleak to New Palestine Community Schools and into the community in July 2024.

Board photo 2024
Craig Smith

The New Palestine Community School's Board of School Trustees has been recognized by the Indiana School Boards Association (ISBA) with an Exemplary Governance Award (EGA) for calendar year 2023 for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to professional learning and student success.

The Exemplary Governance Awards (EGA) are conferred annually to school boards across four levels of distinction.

Board awards are based on points earned by each member for attending ISBA seminars, workshops, conferences, and other learning events, as well as the board’s completion of certain additional criteria, such as a retreat with an outside facilitator and goal setting to elevate student achievement outcomes.

This year, 105 school boards are receiving awards through the EGA program.

“On behalf of ISBA, I would like to commend this most exceptional group of school boards and school board members,” said ISBA Executive Director Terry Spradlin. “School boards perform a vital public service for their communities, and board members who actively participate in professional learning are better equipped to perform their duties effectively and meet the needs of their students.”

The honorees will be formally recognized during ISBA’s Spring Regional Meetings taking place across the state during the month of April.

In addition to the board-level awards, ISBA is presenting individual EGA awards to 270 school board members.

ISBA provides a full range of professional learning opportunities at dozens of events throughout the year to inform and educate school board members about best practices, legislative issues, policy development, school law, and more.

For more information about ISBA’s EGA program requirements and to see the full list of individual and board award recipients for the 2023 award year, please visit