Monroe County Community School Corporation officials say last night’s decision to appoint a new interim superintendent is the last step in laying to rest an ongoing controversy over transparency within the district. The district had previously vacated the selection of Dr. Timothy Hyland as interim superintendent after a Bloomington resident considered suing the corporation over alleged violations of Indiana’s open door meeting laws.
As part of a legal agreement between the resident and the trustees, the board held a public meeting earlier this week to discuss the vacant superintendent position. This proposal created a three person executive committee with the authority to act as superintendent.
However, last night’s vote definitively places Hyland as temporary head of the MCCSC. The vote also creates an advisory panel composed of high school, middle school, and elementary school principals.
School board president Jim Muehling says the district is now in full compliance with Indiana law.
“I think we answered all the questions that were posed to us procedurally and in a fashion that meets those requirements.” says Muehling.
Muehling says Hyland will be compensated at a daily rate comparable to that of retired superintendent Dr. J. T. Coopman.
An interview with Hyland will be airing on WFIU next Friday during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.