EAST CHICAGO | The School City of East Chicago board has appointed a new interim superintendent to oversee the district through this month.
Board President Jesse Gomez said it appointed retired East Chicago school administrator Mary Dywan to the position. She started Tuesday with a contract running through Oct. 25, he said. Dywan, who was coordinator for tests and measurements, retired in June.
She replaces retired veteran school administrator William "Bill" Gall who served as interim superintendent for East Chicago from July 8 through September when his contract ran out. Both Gall and Dywan are serving in the position while East Chicago Superintendent Mike Harding is on medical leave.
Dywan is going to work about three weeks, then school officials expect Harding to be back on the job, Gomez said Wednesday.
"She's going to have a similar schedule that Bill Gall had, working about three days a week," Gomez said.
Gomez said the district hired Katie Dowling as the chief financial officer, and she started Monday. He said none of the other administrative positions, including assistant superintendent, director of elementary education and human resources have been filled. He said there are interim people appointed to positions in human resources and as facilities director.
Gomez said he believes things are going well in the district, but he expects the 2013-14 budget to be a challenge. He said student scores have improved, and he believes the community will be pleased. However, Gomez said enrollment has dropped, and School Board members are interested in tracking those students.
According to the Indiana Department of Education website, enrollment for the 2012-13 school year was listed as 5,260 students. The current enrollment is 4,406 as of Sept. 13, which was the official student count day. Of the total number of students, 91 percent receive free and reduced lunch.