The Herald Bulletin

August 13, 2013

ACS board could appoint interim superintendent today

ACS board could appoint interim superintendent Tuesday

By Dani Palmer
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — With Superintendent Felix Chow stepping down from his post on Aug. 30, the Anderson Community Schools board has the task of not only finding a permanent replacement, but a temporary one.

Board President Jean Chaille said there's a "slim possibility" that person could be appointed this evening during the 6 p.m. board meeting in the Anderson High School auditorium.

The board met in executive session last week to discuss its options and Chaille noted, "It's a little more involved process than we thought it'd be."

"There's a lot of different ideas floating around, a lot of different opinions as to what an interim superintendent should do for us," she said.

The board has been collecting resumes, proving there is interest in the position. Because it wants to get someone in to work with Chow before he leaves, Chaille said, there is the possibility of a special meeting being called. But she also said there would be a public hearing on an interim's contract before final decisions were made.

Chow notified the school board of his decision to step down Aug. 30 last month. His decision was a more sudden departure than expected since he had been given a base salary of $131,000 in a contract extension last year.

In April, he gave notice of non-renewal of that contract, stating he'd be done when it expired in June 2014. In a previous interview with The Herald Bulletin, Chow said he made it clear that June would be the latest he would stay.

As for the permanent job of superintendent, Chaille said the board is working with a consultant to put together a plan for the search and estimated the process of vetting candidates would take about four months.

Chow, who plans to spend his retirement in Ann Arbor, Mich., said he'd spend his last days working with the board and community to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership.

Also on the board's agenda this evening are public hearings on the 2014 budget, the 2014 capital projects fund plan and the 2014 school bus replacement plan.

Chow added that he'll be reviewing the three and a half years he's spent in Anderson, what's been accomplished and what still needs work.

"Each year has had a theme," he said. "Planning, restructuring, this year is a year of instruction."

That entails figuring how to improve instruction and how to better motivate students, he said.

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