19 Mar Kovatch named new assistant superintendent
From left: Jennifer Davis, Randy Myers, Scott Kovatch, Tim Tahara, Kami Wait, Tim Yoder, and Kelly Barr.
Concord Community Schools welcomes Scott Kovatch as the new assistant superintendent. Kovatch brings extensive experience as a school leader, having served in roles including assistant principal, principal, and director of operations, for several public school districts throughout the state.
Following unanimous approval by the Concord School Board on Monday, March 18, Kovatch will join the district on April 22. A native of South Bend, Kovatch’s career in education spans over more than 30 years.
In 1986, Kovatch earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an emphasis in special education from Indiana University Bloomington. He also holds master’s degrees in social work from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and elementary education with an educational administration certification from Indiana University South Bend. In 2012, Kovatch obtained his education specialist degree in school administration and superintendent’s license from Indiana State University.
He began his career as a special education teacher at Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation and has served students with special needs at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan, as behavior specialist at Niles Community Schools, and as the district supervisor for emotionally handicapped and at-risk students at Elkhart Community Schools.
In the late-1990s, he joined Penn Harris Madison as an assistant principal of Horizon Elementary School, and then served as principal of both Meadow’s Edge and Horizon elementary schools.
Since joining Baugo Community Schools as the principal of Jimtown Intermediate School in 2008, he has continued to hone his leadership skills, serving as director of operations and student services, principal of grades 9 and 10, assistant principal of Jimtown High School, and most recently, as the Chief Coordinator of Human Resources and Exceptional Students.
Kovatch has served on the Elkhart County Comprehensive Counseling Team and as chairperson for the Elkhart County Safety Commission. He is trained in Crisis Prevention Intervention, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support, and maintains his advanced certification as an Indiana School Safety Specialist. While employed at Elkhart Community Schools, he was one of the first six people chosen to become wraparound facilitators in Elkhart County.
“While I have a wealth of experiences that I bring to the table, I am still a learner and I thirst for more,” Kovatch said. “I worked closely with Mr. Tahara a few years back through the Elkhart County Safety Commission and was impressed with his attention to detail and devotion to improving school safety.”
Kovatch plans to work closely with district leadership, principals and staff to ensure the needs of each child are being met.
“It’s easy to be responsible stewards of children who behave and get good grades, but how do we do when it comes to the struggling learner both academically and emotionally? Every soul deserves our best. My hope is to model that for all with my behavior.”
In addition to his numerous leadership roles and passion for serving students, Kovatch’s experience in the areas of student services, transportation, facilities and grounds, and safety and security, set him apart.
“Scott has worked in a few districts in the area — Penn, Elkhart, and Baugo — and he’s held positions very similar to what he’ll be stepping into here,” said current Concord Assistant Superintendent Tim Tahara. “One of the many ways Scott impressed us during the interview process was with his desire for staff to be the best version of themselves for students. He has a kids-first mentality, a great sense of humor, and impressive credentials that we believe will greatly benefit our Concord family.”
Kovatch resides in Granger with his wife Jill. They have six children and three grandchildren.
“I grew up the youngest of six kids in a Hungarian, Catholic family on the south side of South Bend. My parents devoted over 60 years of their life to South Bend schools. My sister, Debbie, devoted almost 40 years of her life to education. Family is everything to me and Concord Community Schools models family,” Kovatch said.
Kovatch replaces Tim Tahara who, in September 2018, was named Superintendent of Concord Community Schools. Tahara will assume his new role on May 1.
In 1986, Scott Kovatch obtained his bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an emphasis in special education from Indiana University, Bloomington. He then began his career as a special education teacher at Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation.
In 1990, Kovatch earned a master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and continued to serve students with special needs at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan, and as a behavior specialist at Niles Community Schools.
In 1994, he was named the district supervisor for emotionally handicapped and at-risk students at Elkhart Community Schools.
He earned a master’s degree in elementary education with an educational administration certification in 1998 from Indiana University South Bend while working as assistant principal at Penn Harris Madison’s Horizon Elementary School.
In 1999, he was named principal of PHM’s Meadow’s Edge Elementary School, a position he held until 2006 when he returned to Horizon Elementary School as principal.
In 2008, Kovatch joined Baugo Community Schools as the principal of Jimtown Intermediate School.
From 2010-2012, Kovatch worked as an adjunct faculty liaison, instructing second-year graduate students as they worked toward completion of their master’s degrees in social work at Indiana University South Bend.
In 2012, Kovatch obtained his education specialist degree in school administration and superintendent’s license from Indiana State University.
In 2013, he was named Director of Operations and Student Services at Baugo Community Schools.
In 2015, he became the principal of grades 9 and 10 at Jimtown High School.
From 2017-2018, he served as assistant principal at Jimtown High School.
On July 1, 2018, he was appointed to serve as the Chief Coordinator of Human REsource and Exceptional Students at Baugo, the position he currently holds.
On April 22, 2019, Kovatch will join Concord Community Schools as the new Assistant Superintendent.