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EACS will not name interim superintendent; search for permanent hire under way

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 12:34 am

East Allen County Schools will not name an interim superintendent to handle the duties of the departed Karyle Green, the board announced at its meeting Tuesday night.

Board vice-president Christopher Baker read a statement during the meeting that stated, in part, "rather than appointing an interim superintendent, the EACS school board has decided to utilize its current staff. East Allen County Schools has an exceptional and dedicated staff in place, and we are confident in their abilities to get us through the remainder of the school year."

The statement continued by explaining that the board would re-evaluate its position based on the status of its search for a permanent superintendent.

The statement also gave a timeline from which the board intends to operate:

*At the end of April, the board will have developed criteria for the direction of the district

*Also by April's end, the board will meet with service staff and the central administration staff, preferably at a meeting to be held at 5:30 p.m. on March 19 and with EACS staff at 4:30 p.m. on March 21. Another meeting, set for 6 p.m. on March 21, would be with community members and parents.

*An Internet-based survey would also be implemented by the end of April that would solicit input from teachers, support staff, students, parents and administrators.

*In May, the board would like to begin screening applicants and conducting background checks.

*In June, the board would begin interviewing candidates, with the goal of making a hire by mid-summer.

A new superintendent is needed to replace Green, whose last day with the district was Friday, March 1. Green was under contract until the end of the school year in 2014, but she let the district know in January that she would not be seeking an extension.

The board found such an arrangement to be unacceptable -- "We didn't want to wait 18 months to begin a superintendent search," said board president Neil Reynolds -- and began negotiating her departure, with the announcement being made on Monday, Feb. 25, that Green was out.

Reynolds said that Green had signed the 12-page resignation and severance agreement, making the terms of her departure final.

She is to be paid $196,125.87 in severance pay, as well as $7106 in unused vacation time. EACS will also pay an additional $6,213 into the EACS 403(b) plan, as well as a contribution of up to $22,000 to the Indiana Teachers Retirement Fund.

The severance package will be paid in 35 installments, beginning March 13 and ending June 30, 2014. Green, according to the severance agreement, will also receive a lump-sum payment of $14,100 to cover the unused portion of the vehicle allowance that was in her contract.

Green started the job in July 2009, when she took over for the retiring Kay Novotny. She came to EACS from the South Bend Community School Corporation.