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Dr. Sharon Johnson-Shirley

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Employment History

  • Superintendent
    Lake Ridge Schools
  • Assistant Superintendent and Curriculum Director and Principal
    Hosford Park Elementary School


  • doctoral degree
    Loyola University
  • Bachelor of Science
    Indiana University
  • master's degrees
    Indiana University
48 Total References
Web References
Crisis Center, Inc. – Northwest Indiana NEWS, 2 Feb 2014 [cached]
Sharon Johnson-Shirley, Lake Ridge Schools
Lake Ridge Schools Superintendent ..., 11 Oct 2013 [cached]
Lake Ridge Schools Superintendent Sharon Johnson-Shirley released a statement saying the district is facing financial shortfalls because of decreased state funding, mediocre tax collections and the circuit breaker or tax break to businesses and residents. She said teachers were present at public budget talks but made no comments about the budget.
Johnson-Shirley also said students in grades six through 12 have a laptop and students in kindergarten through fifth grade have mobile computer labs for learning. All teachers have laptops, and administrators have iPads to assist with data collection and teacher evaluation.
Johnson-Shirley said Lake Ridge Schools have given raises to teachers through two Excellence in Performance Awards for Teachers through the Indiana Department of Education for 2012-13 and 2013-14.
"In the fall of 2011, the School Board provided 3 percent appreciation pay to all teachers," Johnson-Shirley said.
INDIANAPOLIS | Sharon ..., 20 Sept 2012 [cached]
INDIANAPOLIS | Sharon Johnson-Shirley, superintendent of Lake Ridge Schools, has been chosen by members of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents as the 2013 District I Superintendent of the Year.
Winners are selected by other superintendents in their district who consider the qualifications and accomplishments of area colleagues and their instructional leadership in a time of limited resources.
Johnson-Shirley has been superintendent of Lake Ridge Schools since 2006.
In her first year as superintendent, Johnson-Shirley was faced with stabilizing the district financially by reducing staff, decreasing spending and removing costly programs that weren't succeeding.
During her tenure as superintendent, she has implemented mandatory annual budget cuts ranging from $300,000 to $1.5 million. With support from her leadership team, she was able to transform Calumet High into the first New Tech High School in Northwest Indiana.
Over a six-year time span, Calumet High has changed from a school on probationary status to a nationally recognized educational institution for excellence.
Implementing academic programs funded by grants helped the district decrease illiteracy rates and increase test scores significantly.
Johnson-Shirley is a founding member of Lake Ridge Schools Educational Foundation and the Lake County School Safety Commission.
She joined Lake Ridge School Corp. in 1997, serving as assistant superintendent/curriculum director and principal of Hosford Park Elementary School.
She earned her Bachelor of Science and master's degrees at Indiana University and her doctoral degree at Loyola University.
Lake Ridge Schools | School Safety, 10 Mar 2012 [cached]
Dr. Sharon Johnson-Shirley - Lake Ridge Schools Superintendent
Randolph said Lake Ridge Superintendent ..., 16 Mar 2013 [cached]
Randolph said Lake Ridge Superintendent Sharon Johnson-Shirley and other administrators were in Indianapolis earlier this week lobbying on the district's behalf.
"It's an unfortunate situation," he told parents. "There have been severe budget cuts in education, mainly because of the philosophy of the previous governor."
Johnson-Shirley told parents they became aware of the current budget crunch in December when the district collected only 76 percent of its taxes, when it normally collected 90 to 92 percent.
Nice job, Sharon Johnson-Shirley!
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