— When the Kokomo-Center School Board hired Jeff Hauswald as its superintendent in June 2010, board members were talking to him about what they could do in student programming with the savings realized from consolidation and reorganization.
Within seven months, though, the state Legislature changed how schools receive funding, meaning Kokomo-Center faced funding cuts that ate into those savings.
Hauswald said the corporation moved forward with new opportunities, but “we had to be very careful. We did it in a way that was fiscally conservative.”
July 1, Hauswald marked his first anniversary as Kokomo-Center superintendent, and what was accomplished in the corporation during that time.
Kokomo-Center School Board President Wayne Luttrell called Hauswald’s first year successful, and said he accomplished what the board expected of him.
“He’s been a good choice,” Luttell said, especially “in the area of adapting to what the state Legislature has been doing to us, as far as finance, charter schools and vouchers.”
He was also pleased with Hauswald’s efforts to start new programming, including the international schools and career school opening in August. He thinks those schools will draw new students to the school corporation and provide expanded opportunities to current students.
Hauswald is especially proud of those efforts to make more choices available to parents in the district. The corporation planned to have international schools at Lafayette Park Elementary and Central Middle School, but because of demand, opened another international elementary at Sycamore Elementary.
Hauswald said the new programs, as well as the middle school soccer team, all came out of parent surveys and meetings in fall 2010.
Hauswald said shortly after he started work, the other Howard County corporations announced plans not to charge transfer tuition for students outside the district to move to their schools, making school choice a more important issue.