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NACS board president shares his top candidate for next superintendent

Wayne Barker
Wayne Barker(NACS)
Published: May. 17, 2022 at 5:18 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - The Northwest Allen County Schools (NACS) Board of School Trustees President Ron Felger has announced his top candidate to replace superintendent Chris Himsel who is set to retire in June.

Felger named Wayne Barker as his top candidate. Barker was named Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents’ District II Superintendent of the Year for 2023, last week, NACS says. Felger said that he plans to introduce a motion seeking to offer Barker a superintendent contract as soon as possible.

“We are in the process of publishing a draft contract as required by Indiana law. Once that process is complete, I anticipate introducing a resolution to ask Barker to be our new superintendent. I’m confident that this resolution will receive overwhelming support from our board,” Felger said.

If named superintendent, NACS said this would be Barker’s second tenure with the district. He was hired in 1989 as a business teacher at Carroll High School where he taught and coached for five years. Barker got his bachelor’s degree in business education from Ball State University in 1989 and his master’s degree in educational administration in 1998.

“Mr. Barker’s experience and history of successful leadership at the building and district level give me confidence in his ability to guide us forward,” said Felger. “His name will be familiar to our community because he began his distinguished career at Carroll.”

In compliance with Indiana Code, NACS says the timeline will proceed as follows:

  • May 18 – publication of the details of the proposed contract;
  • May 31 at 6 p.m. – public meeting for NACS Board to receive public input on the proposed contract;
  • June 7 at 6 p.m. – special public meeting to conduct board vote on the contract;
  • July 1 – if approved, Barker would begin as NACS superintendent.

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