LaPorte school's chief has new job

2011-03-28T17:45:00Z 2012-05-24T19:46:16Z LaPorte school's chief has new jobBy Christine Kraly, (219) 662-5335

LAPORTE | Judith DeMuth, superintendent of the LaPorte Community School Corp., has been named the new chief for Monroe County schools.

DeMuth was named the new superintendent of the Bloomington-based Monroe County Community School Corp. on Monday in a unanimous board decision, Jim Muehling, Monroe County board president, said.

Muehling called DeMuth an "competent, confident" candidate, who withstood scrutiny from several school personnel -- as well as members of the Monroe County community who played an active role in recruiting the new superintendent.

Muehling said the terms of DeMuth's contract still are being worked out, but it would start July 1, and her salary will be at least $185,000 a year.

DeMuth could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.

DeMuth is planning a LaPorte exit as questions still linger over whether her administration reacted properly when learning of an alleged sexual relationship between a high school volleyball coach and a player.

Before a recent delay, Robert Ashcraft's trial had been set to begin Monday, the day DeMuth won the Bloomington job.

Ashcraft, a former assistant junior varsity volleyball coach, was charged in December 2009 with sexual misconduct with a minor and child seduction.

This past fall, Indiana State Police also completed an investigation into the school district's possible role in the alleged crimes. Prosecutors have said they will not decide whether to pursue charges against other LaPorte school personnel until after Ashcraft's trial.

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