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Martinsville Interim Superintendent Resigns

Martinsville schools' newly named acting superintendent Jerry Sanders is taking over after the interim superintendent resigned this week.

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The Metropolitan School District of Martinsville has a new acting superintendent after Interim Superintendent resigned Tuesday.

School district officials say Brower stepped down after less than three months as interim superintendent to devote time to projects with other Indiana school districts and to work on a book.

Brower became interim superintendent when then-Superintendent Ron Furniss took an early retirement after 14 years as the head of the district.

Assistant Superintendent Jerry Sanders will now take on the duties of the superintendent until the school board hires someone else.

On Wednesday, April 16, the Indiana Court of Appeals will hear a lawsuit brought by two students who were injured in a 2011 shooting at Martinsville West Middle School.  The Child Protective Services and Martinsville Police are also investigating a rumor of sexual misconduct involving a Martinsville High School student. Sanders says he’ll be paying close attention to the issues and will take action if necessary.

“If there needs to be further steps taken with some of these issues, then as the Acting Superintendent I will work with the School Board and we’ll work with the administration team to do what is necessary to benefit our students and our staff,” Sanders said.

Sanders has been with the district for 26 years, serving as the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the last 12 years.

The search committee will soon conduct its second round of interviews.  There are three candidates and Sanders is not among them.

The school board is expected to fill the position next month.

Will Healey

Will Healey is a reporter for WFIU/WTIU News. He has studied Creative Writing and Philosophy at Fordham University in New York and Journalism at Indiana University's School of Journalism. He is excited to be part of the team and report on issues that impact the lives of Hoosiers.

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