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IPS At-Large: Sam Odle

Since being elected to the IPS school board in 2012, Sam Odle has supported policies to give schools more autonomy to allow parents, teachers and principals to make decisions that best serve students; and is a strong advocate of the innovation school model.

“They are a strong strategy for attracting and retaining excellent, inspired school leaders. They also give more voice to parents,” Odle wrote in his Stand Indiana candidate survey.

Odle also stated in his survey that should he win reelection, his top three priorities are to continue efforts to recruit and support strong school leaders; increase parental involvement; and to recruit and retain excellent teachers by providing competitive pay and benefits, as well as creative professional development opportunities.

During his service to the board, Odle’s also supported policies to eliminate racial disparities in school discipline, as well as efforts that have led to increased graduation rates – especially among IPS’ African-American students.

Odle is a senior policy adviser for Bose Public Affairs Group where he works with clients on a variety of public policy issues involving health care and the life sciences. Prior to joining Bose Public Affairs Group, Odle served as the chief operating officer of Indianapolis-based IU Health and held the position of CEO of both Methodist Hospital and University Hospital. He retired in July 2012 after a career that started as vice president of operations at Methodist Hospital in 1981.

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