Carmel Clay superintendent Swensson announces plans to resign

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Carmel Clay Schools will soon search for a new superintendent.

Superintendent Jeff Swensson announced his plans to step down at the end of June 2013. He informed the Board of Education during Monday’s meeting. Swensson compared himself to a relay race runner, saying it was time to “pass the leadership baton.”

He cited a series of accomplishments with the district, including advances in student achievement, curriculum, safety and professional growth for staff members.

Prior to becoming superintendent, Swensson served as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. In his six years at Carmel Clay, the school has seen the passage of a general fund referendum and the development of a draft to create performance-based qualified school district legislation. Carmel Clay has also received acclaim from several national media sources.

Swensson told the board he wanted to announce his resignation now to give the district time to find the next leader for what he called an “outstanding school corporation.”

The district has come under fire in recent weeks from teachers who are seeking a new contract. Educators have organized demonstrations to voice their dissatisfaction with the progress of negotiations with administrators. Two weeks ago, the Carmel teachers union filed a complaint that mentioned Swensson, a school board member, and other principals. The union said that school officials had attempted to work around the union by speaking directly to teachers about the negotiations.

Carmel Clay offered no additional comment about Swensson’s decision.

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