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MCCSC superintendent bought out by school board after three years

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Bloomington, Indiana – According to a joint statement from Hauswald and the board of trustees of the school corporation, MCCSC Superintendent Jeff Hauswald will be leaving the school district after the 2023–24 academic year. The remaining portion of Hauswald’s contract will be bought out by the board and Hauswald; the cost to the school board is unknown. As of right now, there is no other information available on the buyout, and inquiries for comment from the MCCSC were not immediately answered.

The board will be looking for a new superintendent for the 2024–2025 academic year, the statement further said.

Although the statement did not say why Hauswald was bought out, in recent months the present administration has made several divisive moves. These included a contentious proposal to integrate primary schools to balance the district’s socioeconomic status and an unsuccessful attempt to match the timetables of all MCCSC high schools, which provoked intense opposition.

Hauswald took over as MCCSC’s superintendent on July 1, 2021. Since then, he has witnessed two property tax referendums pass the district: one in 2022 that raised teacher wages and the other in 2023 that provided funding for pre-K. The 2023 referendum, however, was questioned by several, and it barely succeeded with 50.52% of the vote.

The statement also included accomplishments including overseeing teacher salary increases following the referendum, developing the MCCSC’s strategic plan, and guiding the district through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I wish the very best to this community and to Monroe County Community School Corporation,” a portion of Hauswald’s statement reads. “I am proud of our accomplishments, and I look forward to watching from afar as the Board President and new leadership create a new and innovative path forward for the Corporation. I look forward to a strong finish to this school year and do not want my departure to be a distraction to the important work to be done between now and June 30, as well as the important work to be done thereafter.”

 

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