VALPARAISO | Flint Lake Elementary School Principal Jim McCall will lead the Valparaiso Community Schools beginning next week, as School Board members search to replace three top-level administrators.
McCall, who has spent the entirety of his career with the district, first as a teacher and coach, then as an administrator at the high school and currently Flint Lake Elementary. He is the parent of two elementary school students in Valparaiso and said he was humbled to be considered for the interim position.
"It's not about me. It's about all of us. It's about all the kids," he said, noting what he said was a prevailing team attitude among the community.
Under the terms of the agreement, School Board member Brigid McLinn said McCall will serve as the central office administrator through the beginning of August. McCall will then return to Flint Lake Elementary for the start of the school year.
She said the board will soon begin working with a consultant in Lafayette to begin the search for an interim superintendent to lead the district until a suitable permanent replacement is found.
With Tuesday's formal resignation of Superintendent Andrew Melin, who will take the same position in downstate Jeffersonville, and earlier resignations from Assistant Superintendent Robert Haworth and Executive Director of Curriculum Stacey Schmidt, the district was left without an administrator.
Melin, who came to Valparaiso just two years ago, thanked the board, teachers and parents for working with him.
"The community the past two years has been outstanding," he said. "My children have greatly benefited from being part of this community the past two years."