With three weeks until school starts, Indian Creek is looking for two new leaders for the high school.
The new principal and assistant principal will join the school district’s new superintendent, who was hired in May. They will lead a staff of about 40 teachers and nearly 600 students, work to grow the school’s iPad program and create additional goals for students and staff, Superintendent Tim Edsell said.
Indian Creek is the second local high school to change principals before the upcoming school year. In the spring, Greenwood schools announced Jim Kaylor was retiring at the end of the school year and that he would be replaced by assistant principal Todd Garrison. Last summer, Center Grove and Whiteland Community high schools both hired new principals as well.
A team of Indian Creek officials plans to begin interviewing candidates for the principal job this month. Once a new principal is hired, school officials will hire a new assistant principal, Edsell said.
Maria Woodke, who had been Indian Creek’s principal for the past two years, and Nick Sears, who had been the high school’s assistant principal for two years, are leaving the school district to take different jobs.
Sears has been hired as the new principal of Martinsville High School, and Woodke has been hired by another school corporation.
Details on Woodke’s new position aren’t available, as the school board has yet to approve hiring her, director of learning and instruction Andy Cline said. Woodke was paid an annual salary of $80,000, while Sears was paid an annual salary of $79,000, not including benefits such as health insurance, Edsell said. Indian Creek’s school board approved their resignations earlier this month, Edsell said.
Now Edsell, who was hired earlier this summer and started this month as Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson’s full-time superintendent, is working with a committee of administrators, teachers and school board members to hire a new full-time principal before school starts Aug. 4.
Indian Creek received 11 applicants from in and outside the school district for the principal job, and school officials will interview five candidates before hiring someone. The school district also recently posted the job for the assistant principal position, and school officials will fill the position once the new principal is hired, Edsell said. The school district’s first priority was to hire a new principal, then look for the new assistant principal, Edsell said.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to bring in new leadership who will work well with staff, students and the community,” Edsell said.
Whomever Indian Creek hires will be responsible for overseeing and continuing to grow the school district’s iPad project.
Last school year, both Indian Creek and Center Grove schools purchased iPads for all of their high school students.
The new Indian Creek High School principal will need to ensure teachers are continuing to find the best way to use the devices in class, Edsell said. For example, last school year, high school officials started limiting the number of games and apps students could download so they would use the devices for their schoolwork first.
The high school’s new principal also will need to be a leader who will have new ideas about the best way to teach students and work with parents, Edsell said.