Former Hamilton Southeastern official selected as new Carmel Clay superintendent

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CARMEL, Ind. – Carmel Clay Schools didn’t look far for a new superintendent. Dr. Michael Beresford was introduced, Friday.

Beresford most recently worked as assistant superintendent of staff and student services for Hamilton Southeastern Schools. He’s been with the district for 25 years in various capacities including a teacher, school counselor, assistant principal and principal.

Carmel Clay Schools released the following statement about the hiring:

Dr. Beresford brings with him a wealth of experience and expansive leadership qualities developed from his 35 years in public education. For the past 25 years, he has overseen various aspects of the daily operations at Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Indiana’s fourth largest school district, comprising of nearly 22,000 students and 2,500 employees. His duties have also included leading student, parent and staff services; developing school safety initiatives; developing mental health initiatives; and facilitating teacher recruitment and talent development.

Beresford replaces Dr. Nicholas Wahl, who resigned suddenly in January. Days later, the district’s human resources director also resigned. The school board later approved a new policy banning romantic relationships involving subordinates in the workplace.

The appointment follows a tumultuous school year for Carmel Clay Schools. After the Wahl resignation, district officials dealt with threats made against the high school. Police arrested two teens.

With the Noblesville school shooting in mind, Beresford said student safety will continue to be a top priority.

“The layers of security and safety at Carmel are very good, but we are always looking at better ways to enhance the safety of our schools,” he said. “I know most of the school resource officers here. We all work together very closely because as you saw in Noblesville, when a tragic event happens, not just the Noblesville community, the county community, the State Police, we all go in together.”

Dr. Beresford is expected to earn a $170,000 salary.

The district appointed Amy Dudley and Roger McMichael as co-interim superintendents after Wahl’s departure.

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