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MCCSC Chooses New Superintendent

Dr. Jeff Hauswald

New MCCSC Superintendent Dr. Jeff Hauswald (Courtesy Photo)

The Monroe County Community School Corporation approved a 3-year contract for Dr. Jeff Hauswald at its board meeting Wednesday night. His initial base salary will be $209,500, with increases based on evaluations.

Hauswald has been the Superintendent of the Kokomo School Corporation since 2010. He will take over for retiring Superintendent Dr. Judith DeMuth on July 1st.

Board member Jacunda Townsend Gides voted against Hauswald's hiring, and April Hennessy abstained.

“My wife and I had been looking for an amazing opportunity, Bloomington is an amazing community, and amazing town,” Hauswald said.

One year ago, DeMuth announced her intentions to retire effective June of 2020, but delayed those plans by one year to help guide the corporation through the coronavirus pandemic. Hauswald will spend the next several months transitioning between school corporations.

“The board has made arrangements for me to spend approximately one day a week in the community, to get to know the community,” Hauswald said.

MCCSC enlisted Ron Barnes, BWP & Associates to help with the search for a new superintendent. Three finalists were interviewed in December, before the board chose Hauswald.

Superintendent Jeff Hauswald
Incoming MCCSC Superintendent Dr. Jeff Hauswald speaks after board members approved his hiring on February 3rd, 2021.

“He is a visionary that will work towards solutions and does not hesitate to try new ideas if they will contribute for a better and more equitable learning environment for our students. His energy is infectious and he will definitely be a “visible leader” in our schools, community, and with state legislators,” Board President Cathy Fuentes-Rohwer said in a statement.

Hauswald said one of his major priorities is closing the achievement gap and dealing with the financial fallout inflicted on the district by the pandemic.

“How do we meet the needs of individual learners, but particularly in an equitable way for our students. There are so many challenges facing us, but I’m confident with the experts around us they will have no trouble meeting those challenges.”

Hauswald is a native of Corydon, Indiana and worked as an assistant superintendent in the South Harrison Community School Corporation in Corydon.

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