Hauswald is Kokomo schools’ top man
Since joining the South Harrison Community School Corp. in 1997, Jeff Hauswald has worn many hats: a junior high school math teacher, volleyball and cross country coach, assistant principal, athletic director and principal of South Central Elementary School, and, most recently, assistant superintendent of the corporation.
After his resignation was approved at last Tuesday night’s meeting of the South Harrison Board of Trustees, Hauswald, 36, was unanimously approved Thursday afternoon by the Kokomo-Center school board to be the new superintendent of the 16-building Kokomo-Center Consolidated School Corp. He begins his new duties July 1 with a three-year contract and an annual salary of $135,000.
Hauswald succeeds Chris Himsel, who has accepted the same position at Northwest Allen County schools near Fort Wayne.
The school system in Kokomo, located about 50 miles north of Indianapolis, has a diverse population of about 6,800 children (South Harrison has about 3,100). Whereas 95 percent of the student population at South Harrison is white with 2 percent multi-racial and 2 percent Hispanic, at Kokomo the student population is 72 percent white, 15 percent African American, 9 percent multi-racial, 3 percent Hispanic and 1 percent Asian.
Two of the Kokomo school board members went to Corydon’s Kintner House Inn a couple of weeks ago to conduct interviews with South Harrison teachers and parents about Hauswald to see if he would be a good fit for the Howard County school corporation. The two trustees said they left impressed by what they’d heard.
Kokomo board president Joe Dunbar, who was one of the members who came to Corydon, believes Hauswald is a perfect fit for Kokomo-Center schools.
‘Jeff’s youth, energy, knowledge and commitment to children and staff will propel our school district forward to maintain and improve the academic excellence we have learned to expect,’ Dunbar said. ‘With our reorganization nearly complete, Mr. Hauswald’s experience and leadership in curriculum and instructional development will fit perfectly into the next phase: building new programs, improving existing ones and providing new experiences for our children.’
Ron Barnes, professor emeritus at Indiana University and a member of the state superintendent search committee, believes Kokomo-Center schools has attracted one of the top superintendent candidates in the United States.
‘At this time, I believe Jeff is in the top 10 percent of superintendent candidates,’ Dr. Barnes said. ‘Jeff has all the skills to be very successful.’
Hauswald will be joined by his wife, Cassie, in the move to Kokomo.