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Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed, left, tours Seeger Memorial High School Wednesday with social studies teacher and president of the Teachers Association, John Comer, center, and Seeger Principal Dan Nelson, right.

Seeger Memorial High School in western Indiana got a chance to show off Wednesday.

Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed took a tour of the building, getting a chance to visit with some teachers and see some programs.

“This is the best part of my job,” she said.

Seeger’s 660 students and facility got a chance to let her know about their school.

“We wanted to show her some of our newer programs,” said Seeger Principal Dan Nelson. “We wanted to give a general flavor of the school.”

Reed, who is in her fourth term as state superintendent, visits schools in each of the 92 counties every year. This was her fourth visit to Warren County. Earlier Wednesday she visited Montezuma and Attica elementary schools.

Reed, who is not seeking re-election, said the most important part of the visits is to listen. This year she decided to do some back-to-school visits.

“We want to know if there are things we need to change,” Reed said. “Whenever we see a school doing something special, we make note of it.”

Reed had her scheduler Debra Rozales make notes of several programs at Seeger as she went from the yearbook room to the junior high science room, from the reading room at Warren Central Elementary School to a computer and from the Patriot Activity Center to the gym.

“You’ve got a lot of good things going on,” Reed said as she walked through the halls.

Reed said educators are always willing to share their good ideas with others.

“We all are trying to be among the best,” she said.

Reed doesn’t foresee further consolidation of Indiana schools, but she does see a consolidation of services. She said some advanced classes may be a part of distance learning covering several schools.

“Our schools need to pool their resources,” she said.

Nelson was happy with Reed’s visit.

“It went very well,” he said.

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