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 CAB’s McGuire Leaving Post After One Year

June 20, 2007 - For the second year in a row, the Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation will face the task of having to find a new superintendent.

David McGuire notified some CAB personnel last Wednesday that he is resigning. School Board President Mike Fruth told The Banner on Monday that McGuire sent an e-mail to board members last Thursday, in which he said he is taking a job with another school corporation.

"He just basically said that he would be resigning at the end of (June), and it's primarily due to the fact that he's taking a position with Elkhart Community Schools," said Fruth. "That's why he's resigning. It's not for anything that's occurred here in our school corporation."

According to Fruth, McGuire's new job will be closer to Warsaw, where he still has family. Also, the woman McGuire married last Saturday, Sandra Weaver (formerly Hess), is the assistant superintendent at Warsaw Community Schools, the corporation where McGuire previously served as superintendent and worked as a teacher and administrator for nearly 20 years.

The CAB School Board hired McGuire, 60, at the end of May 2006 to replace longtime superintendent Hal Jester, who was retiring at the end of the following month. He was given a three-year contract that had a $93,500 base salary, and that included a $4,000 a year automobile allowance and a nearly $8,000 health insurance contribution.

"I'm disappointed that he wasn't able to stay with the corporation for a little bit of a longer time period than the one year," said Fruth. "We will immediately proceed on trying to engage the services of someone who will serve as an interim superintendent while we go through the process of searching for a new superintendent."

Fruth said he will recommend that the school board again utilize the services of the University Team, a group of four consultants - one each from Indiana, Purdue, Ball State and Indiana State universities. The board used the University Team last year when it was searching for Jester's replacement.

"Typically this process is initiated earlier in the year than June," Fruth said. "I don't know what that will mean as far as the number of candidates, and if it does, in fact, take a little bit of a longer period of time. We will start into the process and see where that leads us. … I know I can probably speak for the board, that the board will take whatever time is necessary to complete that search and employ a good candidate to serve as superintendent."

Despite the fact that McGuire's contract with CAB is not due to expire until June 30, 2009, CAB Business Manager David Bundy told The Banner on Monday that CAB will have no outstanding continuing financial obligations or ties to McGuire once the school board accepts his resignation. Fruth said he expects the school board to formally vote to accept McGuire's resignation during a special meeting on Monday, July 2, a meeting at which the board is also expected to hire a new principal for Knightstown High School and new boys varsity basketball coach.

Although McGuire told CAB School Board members in March he would be getting married in June, he apparently did not tell them at that time that he was considering leaving CAB before his three-year contract was up and did not tell them he was interviewing for the job at ECS. His abrupt and early departure, however, was anticipated by at least one person.

In March, the week before McGuire notified school board members of his June wedding plans, someone mailed The Banner a short, anonymous letter from South Bend. The author of that letter suggested, accurately it turns out, that McGuire's days at CAB were numbered.

McGuire, who is currently off work and honeymooning, was unable to be reached for comment on this story.


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