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April 3, 2013

Hibbard staying at NA-FC schools

NEW ALBANY — The superintendent of New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. is no longer in the running for the superintendent job at Carmel Clay Schools near Indianapolis.

A press release issued from the district Monday says Bruce Hibbard will remain in his position in Floyd County.

“On behalf of the New Albany-Floyd County School Board and with great enthusiasm, I announce that Dr. Bruce Hibbard is no longer a candidate for the Carmel Clay position,” D.J. Hines, district board president, said in the release. “Under Dr. Hibbard’s leadership, our district has attained the highest academic achievement, highest graduation rates and closed a $7 million dollar general fund shortfall. We could not be more pleased that he will continue to be our superintendent.”

Hibbard was announced as one of the three candidates for the job March 25. He had a public hearing with community members living in Carmel Clay Schools’ borders March 27.  

Patricia Reynolds, Carmel Clay Schools’ community relations coordinator, said the board plans on sticking to its timeline for hiring a new superintendent, which will hold site visits of a candidate’s current district from through April 12.

“We anticipate keeping with the schedule that’s posted on our website,” Reynolds said. “At this point, we’re not prepared to comment one way or another on specifically how the board will be moving forward.”

She said the district’s board of trustees meets on April 8, where she said they hope to give the public an update on the process.

Hines said in a separate interview that Carmel Clay Schools has not announced whether they’ve chosen one of the other two candidates — Mary Ann Dewan, executive director of Central Indiana Educational Services Center, and Eric Ban, senior vice president of academic partnerships with Best Associates — as their new superintendent.

He added that even though the board voted to give him a raise after learning of his application to two other districts last year — totaling $28,500 — he doesn’t think money was the reason Hibbard considered the job.

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