- School City of Mishawaka
Mike Faulkner Spotlight in NIESC Newsletter
The following information is from the Northern Indiana Educational Service Center (NIESC) October Newsletter:
Director Of Operations
Mike has been with School City of Mishawaka for just over 10 years. He started as the Asst. Athletic Director at Mishawaka High School in 2011 after being the City of Mishawaka's Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for 18 Years. He was awarded the position of Director of Operations at SCM in 2016.
Over the course of the last year, Mike and his team have finished up a variety of projects including the completion of the high school traffic safety project. They revamped the entire west parking lot by eliminating cross streets from school parking lots, enhancing traffic flow, and expanding pedestrian sidewalks to enhance traffic/pedestrian safety. In addition, they had the iconic clock tower tuck pointed, added bells, and fixed the clock to a working condition. This project conducted by C&S Masonry received an award through the Michiana Builders Association in Sept 2021. They have also been working on eliminating and minimizing school clutter in storage areas, and have recently moved much of their inventory to a new warehouse. Lastly, they have been working on assessing all school facilities and grounds to determine their top priorities to be accomplished over the next few years. SCM plans to do another referendum to fund these high priorities in May 2023
Mike has many goals and dreams for Mishawaka. First and foremost is doing everything possible to see that the next referendum (2023) passes so that goals can be obtained. SCM has many needs and though they cannot expect to repair, replace, and fix everything with this next referendum, they will focus on their buildings. The buildings have many outdated mechanicals that need to be replaced as well as roofs, school furniture, and student desks. Finally, many of their elementary playgrounds are in need of replacement and locker rooms and athletic facilities, particularly at MHS, are outdated and in need of modernizing. Mike would like to equip students with a positive environment to enhance the learning experience.
When Mike was asked what the most rewarding part of his job was, he said, "the people that I get to work with everyday. From the Superintendent to teachers and support staff, we have an amazing team." He also values the work that he can do, within his means, to provide a positive environment for teachers to educate students. Mishawaka students deserve the best and anytime they can provide them with improved facilities he gets excited, whether it is a classroom or extra curricular venue.
In his spare time, Mike really enjoys spending time with his family. He is a huge sports fan and loves high school athletics, particularly football and wrestling. He spends the vast majority of winter weeknights and weekends officiating high school wrestling. He has been blessed to officiate 6 state finals and is currently in the mentee program as a state rules interpreter. Mike also really enjoys working in his yard and Coy Pond. Finally, if he has some time, He will pick up his Martin Guitar and strum a few songs. Although he says it is only behind closed doors because, in his words, "I do not think anyone wants to hear me play and they definitely do not want to hear me sing! :)"