NACS moving forward in superintendent hiring process
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - Leaders at Northwest Allen County Schools are searching for a new superintendent. Monday night the school board met to discuss the rest of the process.
Early January NACS superintendent Dr. Chris Himsel announced a leave of absence. He was supposed to return at the end of January, but instead he said he was going to retire this summer.
District spokesperson Lizette Downey says they have narrowed the field down to two candidates for the position. She says they have closed the application process and are moving forward with the next steps. She says now they just need to decide who is best fit for the job.
“We are considering them. We’ve gone through the interview process, and it’s progressing,” she said. “We have to submit a contract with a public notice. Then the public gets ten days to comment. Then we get to have a public hearing.”
She says, according to Indiana state law, they have to follow a certain process. It involves about a month long waiting period. First, they have to close the application process and they wait a certain number of days to draw up a contract. Then, she says they have to publish the contract with a public notice and give people time to make comment. Then the board will host a public hearing ten days later about the possible candidate where final public comment will be heard again in-person.
Downey says it’s about a month long process and they could see a new superintendent by late June at the earliest.
“We want a superintendent that’s focused on students and the best interest of kids,” Downey said.
Dr. Himsel has been met with criticism from a group of parents regarding the districts COVID-19 guidelines. Some of those parents even called for his resignation. However, another group of parents has shown Dr. Himsel support through his actions.
Dr. Himsel will officially retired from NACS June 30th.
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