Hauswald said the corporation reduced 40 teaching positions, mostly in secondary and special education, but added Spanish teachers because of the international schools.
He also eliminated one district-wide position and combined others for $200,000 in administrative costs saved.
The district office also moved to the former Washington School, and its former location is being demolished to make room for a new parking lot at Maple Crest Middle School.
Hauswald is planning ahead for his second year, including dealing with changes made by the state Legislature, and preparing for the opening of the new schools.
He is curious to see how all the changes made by the legislature, such as allowing charter schools and private school vouchers, and changes in how schools receive money, work during the school year. He thinks the ramifications will be felt over the next few years.
“Only time will tell.”
He said if there was anything he could do over his first year, he would have made more time to spend in the classroom.
“Students are the reason I am in this business... Budgetary considerations and other pressing issues limited my opportunities in those areas. Likewise, Kokomo-Center has so many great teachers who are working so hard every day on behalf of our students. I wish I could have spent a greater amount of time with each of them.”
• Danielle Rush is the Kokomo Tribune education reporter. She can be reached at 765-454-8585 or firstname.lastname@example.org.