School administrator retiring from Central 9

A local school administrator is planning to retire for a second time.

David Edds, director of Central Nine Career Center, will retire from the school after his two-year contract ends June 30. The career center is a vocational trade school in Greenwood, where students can learn trades, such as cooking, hair styling and weldingr. Edds started as interim director in 2013 and became the permanent director in 2014.

Edds previously worked as the superintendent for Greenwood Community School Corp. and has worked in education for 43 years.

Looking back at his time with the career center, Edds said he is proud of what he was able to achieve.

The career center has become more collaborative and united between the staffing and student body, Edds said. He tried to improve the culture of the school by bringing people together, he said.

Edds also helped create a strategic plan to improve the school in five areas, including marketing the school, greater connections with local industries and a new student discipline system.

Lastly, Edds expressed pride in the early college program, which started this year. Through Vincennes University, Center Grove students can earn an associate degree in information technology by the time they graduate high school by taking classes at Central Nine.

The board of directors hopes to hire a new director by this spring, Edds said. The new director’s salary has not been determined.

The Edds File

Name: David Edds

Occupation: Director of Central Nine Career Center

Been director since: Started as an interim director in 2013, then was hired on a two-year contract in 2014

Previous occupation: Spent 10 years as superintendent and five years as assistant superintendent of Greenwood Community School Corp. Before that, he was a principal in Columbus and Greentown.