Committee Looks for Longevity in New Superintendent

Group will meet in January to begin a "focused search" for new MCCSC superintendent.

Student at PS 145

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School board members hope to have a new superintendent selected by March. However, the whoever is chosen will not take office until the end of the current school year.

Several members of the committee charged with aiding the search for a new Monroe County Community School Corporation superintendent say longevity is the most important trait they hope to find in a new leader. The group is composed of both educational and community leaders, including  Indiana University Education School Dean Geraldo Gonzalez, Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor John Whikehart and Bloomington Chamber of Commerce President Christy Gillenwater among others. Gonzalez says he plans to use his connections with previous I-U graduates and his ties with the education community to help find good candidates.

“We have a number of graduates from the School of Education and people that I interact with and members of the faculty interact with who are in school leadership.” says Gonzalez.

Whikehart says he hopes to use the process to strengthen partnerships between Ivy Tech and the MCCSC.

“From my perspective, I’ll be looking for someone who has an understanding of those kinds of relationships.” says Whikehart.  “I’ll be eager to hear how they’ll talk to us about sustaining them and further developing them.”

The group plans to hold its first meeting with the school board in early January.   In earlier meetings, trustees have said they would like to have a new permanent superintendent selected by March.

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