By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. — The Anderson Community Schools Corp. Board of Trustees voted unanimously Monday evening during a special meeting at Anderson High School to appoint a new interim superintendent.
Tim Edsell accepted the position and will start Tuesday. Edsell was superintendent of Northeastern Wayne Schools in Fountain City for the past two years. He said he left to pursue other opportunities.
Board member Jean Chaille said the board interviewed several people for the position left vacant by Felix Chow, who had held the office since Jan. 1 of 2010 and is retired, though technically on vacation leave.
“Over the process, (Edsell) rose to the top,” Chaille said. “We thought he had the educational capacity and attributes to not just hold us in place, but move us ahead while he’s here.”
Edsell will collect a prorated portion of the $131,000 superintendent’s salary. He said he’s not very familiar with Anderson, but he’s excited for the challenge and wants to build strong rapport with faculty in the system.
“There’s a difference in demographics (from Fountain City), but I’m looking forward to making my skill set work here,” Edsell said. “I want to manage the day-to-day activities here with fidelity and strong leadership.”
Assistant Superintendent Beth Clark, who has been acting as superintendent in Chow’s stead for the past month, had previously informed the board that she wasn’t interested in continuing as interim superintendent. She said she believes Edsell will bring a good foundation and philosophy to the position.
“I’m happy where I am, being assistant superintendent for education, and I didn’t want that process interrupted,” Clark said. “I also wanted someone hired who will plan to be here for a while, because frankly, I’m getting too old and don’t intend to be here four or five more years.”
Chaille said the interim period lasts until June 30, and at the end of that period the board will again accept applications for the position. Edsell will have a chance to earn the job outright, but he will have to apply like everyone else.
“That’s something I would definitely be interested in, eventually,” Edsell said.
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