One of the three building-level administrators hired at Greater Clark County Schools’ board of trustees meeting on Tuesday is a former student of Superintendent Andrew Melin .
Melin said Brandon Winebrenner, who is moving back to Southern Indiana from Arizona to become Charlestown Middle School’s assistant principal, was a student while Melin was an assistant principal at Churubusco High School, which is northwest of Fort Wayne.
Melin said in response to various community discussions, he wanted to assure people in Greater Clark that the hire was made based on qualifications, not favoritism.
“Since I came on board, I’ve taken our hiring process very seriously,” Melin said. “We brought it about in a way that focuses on integrity. We make sure that we’re doing everything in our power to go out and search for the very best candidates.”
He said interviews were conducted with candidates from within the district, but they decided to broaden the search.
He said Winebrenner was searching for a job to come back to Indiana and found the posting on the district website. He said though he saw Melin’s name and remembered him from peer mediation training 16 years ago at Churubusco, Melin never spoke with him until Karen Wesely made the recommendation to hire him.
“I think there are some people in our community who take a more negative approach to this process,” Melin said. “I want you to know that I take pride in that I think it’s always good to go out and try to hire the very best people that you can find, and that’s our goal.”
He said though he understands some questioning, he’ll stand his ground on some issues.
“They can question your decisions, they can say they agree or disagree,” Melin said. “But when you question someone’s integrity, that’s something I’ll always stand up and go to battle on.”