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Carmel Clay superintendent stepping down

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At last week’s Carmel Clay Schools Board of Education meeting, Dr. Jeff Swensson, superintendent of Carmel Clay Schools, informed the board that he will be resigning on June 30, 2013.

Describing his tenure during the last almost six years as a relay race, Swensson said it was part of his job to monitor progress and ensure that the leadership baton was exchanged at the best possible time.

“Since I see that CCS is making A+ progress, it is the proper time to exchange the baton,” Swensson said.  “I believe that the board needs ample time to search for, identify and select the next superintendent for this outstanding school corporation, and I, of course, pledge to continue very focused leadership as I continue running (in this relay.)”

Swensson thanked the Carmel Clay students, families, his colleagues, the Board of Education and the partners and friends of Carmel Clay Schools.

“The Board is grateful for the positive leadership Jeff has provided this community as the superintendent of Carmel Clay Schools,” Layla Spanenberg, Board of Education president, said. “His unwavering focus on what is best for our students has continued to support this high-performing school district.”

According to Spanenberg, Swensson has not shared any information with the board regarding his resignation beyond what he reported at the Dec. 17 board meeting.

Swensson declined Current in Carmel’s interview request.

As of last week, the board had not had an opportunity to meet to discuss the process of searching for a new candidate for the superintendent position. According to Spanenberg, the board will be prepared to make an update to the community at an upcoming board meeting in January.

“One of the primary responsibilities of the Board of Trustees is to hire the best superintendent we possibly can to provide day-to-day leadership for our schools,” Spanenberg said.  “This Board will do everything in its power to find the best candidate to fill Dr. Swensson’s position as he passes the ‘leadership baton.’ ”


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