The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Education

January 23, 2014

ACS board to interview superintendent candidates Saturday

Interim Superintendent Edsell one of applicants

ANDERSON — Members of the Anderson Community School Corp. board are scheduled to interview three superintendent candidates at a closed-door meeting Saturday morning.

The three candidates were selected from a list of six applicants, said board President Ben Gale. The interviews will be conducted during an executive session at the Flagship Enterprise Center beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The board of trustees is seeking a permanent successor to Felix Chow, who resigned last August after three years as superintendent.

The board hired Tim Edsell as interim superintendent in October. The 42-year-old career educator was superintendent at Northeastern Wayne School Corp. at the time and has expressed a desire to earn the job on a permanent basis.

Edsell confirmed this week that he has applied for the job, but would not say if he’s one of the candidates who will be interviewed Saturday. “I don’t want to compromise the integrity of the search process,” Edell said, and referred questions to Gale, who would not say if Edsell will be interviewed.

During his tenure, Chow turned around the school district’s fiscal deficit, and improved both graduation rates and overall student achievements.

“We’re looking for someone who is strong on education leadership and fiscally responsible,” someone who will also be active and visible in the community, Gale said. “Fiscal health is important, but student achievement is always the top priority. We’ve made huge strides in the past few years, but we still have improvements to make.”

Gale said one in the near future is to focus on and improve vocational education programs. “We definitely have seen a need to do more with vocational education than we have in the past.”

Tom Forkner, president of the Anderson Federation of Teachers, supplied a list of attributes and skills the union would like to see in the next superintendent, and presented that list to the school board last week.

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