E.C. school superintendent returns to work

2013-10-25T19:00:00Z 2013-10-25T21:45:13Z E.C. school superintendent returns to workBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
October 25, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

EAST CHICAGO | East Chicago school Superintendent Michael Harding returned to work Friday.

Harding has been on family medical leave since July 5, said East Chicago School Board President Jesse Gomez. However, the acting interim superintendent, Mary Dywan, will remain with the district a couple of weeks to transition Harding on the issues under discussion in the district, Gomez said.

"There are a number of issues the district has gone through," Gomez said. "We want her to share that information with him over the next couple of weeks.

"She needs to finalize some things she was involved in while she was here. He has been gone for several weeks. We also don't have a chief academic officer and some other positions are open. She was filling a void while she was here."

During the time Harding was off, the East Chicago School Board first appointed veteran school administrator William "Bill" Gall as the district's interim superintendent. Gomez said Gall, an Educational Service Co. consultant, worked for the district from July 8 through September.

When Gall's contract ran out, the board appointed Dywan, a retired East Chicago school administrator, to the position in early October. Her contract ended Friday.

Before she retired, Dywan was coordinator for tests and measurements. 

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