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 McGuire’s Resignation Official; New Search Begins

July 11, 2007 - The Charles A. Beard School Board officially accepted the resignation of Superintendent David McGuire during a special meeting July 2, and approved the appointment of someone to fill the position on an interim basis while a search is made for a permanent replacement.

Saying he wanted to make some "small changes" to what he had previously submitted, McGuire read his letter of resignation aloud during last week's meeting. In his letter, he said his decision to leave CAB after only one year had been prompted by family issues.

"I'm following my heart," McGuire, who just remarried last month, said. "My marriage is the primary reason for this action." His new job as a curriculum supervisor for Elkhart Community Schools, he said, made more sense.

"That position will allow me to live with my wife," he continued. "Although she had applied in the Indianapolis area, her job search was unsuccessful." McGuire's wife currently works as the assistant superintendent for the Warsaw Community School Corporation, where McGuire had served as superintendent and worked as a teacher and administrator before coming to CAB.

In addition to being able to live with his wife, McGuire said his move back north would also place him much closer to his children and grandchildren. Saying he had hoped to make CAB the "final stop" in his education career, McGuire said he had "underestimated the pull of marriage and family relationships." "I never had a particularly burning desire to be a superintendent," McGuire said. "I have more of a burning desire to be a good husband and father, so that's the direction I'm going."

McGuire said his decision to leave CAB had nothing to with any of the "unusual" issues and problems he and the school corporation faced during his one year there. Those issues and problems have included a high-profile civil rights lawsuit against CAB by expelled KHS students that resulted in the students' return to school and financial settlements for the students and their parents; threatened litigation by another student whose photo was defaced in the school yearbook; the discovery of possible embezzlement by a former business manager; violations of the state's public record laws; and the possibility that someone at CAB's central office committed the crimes of forgery and identity deception.

McGuire said it had "been a good run" and that he was proud of what had been accomplished during his year at CAB. Among the accomplishments he noted was that CAB is now "more transparent" and operating more efficiently, with a better, less adversarial relationship with The Banner.

After McGuire's resignation was accepted, the board approved hiring Ray Pavy as an interim superintendent. Business Manager David Bundy told the board that Pavy, who will be paid a daily rate that was not disclosed during the meeting, will likely work at CAB two to three days a week, as needed. "That could be for a month, or it could be for a long time," commented Board President Mike Fruth. "It could be for 12 months." He said the board's search for a new superintendent will be "diligent and comprehensive."

As for its efforts to find a new top administrator, the school board voted to once again utilize the services of the University Team, a group of consultants from Indiana, Purdue, Indiana State and Ball State universities. Last year, the BSU representative who worked with CAB happened to have been the former superintendent at Warsaw Community Schools before McGuire, and had been McGuire's supervisor for a number of years.


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