By Lindsey Ziliak
Tribune staff writer
The Tri-Central Community Schools board of trustees appointed a new superintendent during a meeting this week.
The board selected North Miami Junior-Senior High School Principal Timothy Garland for the job.
He is set to take over by July 1.
Interim Assistant Superintendent Dave Driggs said Garland hasn’t signed a contract yet, but his total salary package, including benefits, won’t exceed $129,000.
According to online records, former superintendent Lee Williford made $105,626 when his base salary and stipends were combined.
Williford led the district for a decade.
Before he left in December, he warned of potential troubles for the district in coming years.
In a Tribune editorial expressing his support of the Prairie Breeze Wind farm project, he said, “The bottom line is that if the tax base does not grow and student population continues to decline, Tri-Central Schools will face a serious financial dilemma, and solutions such as school consolidation become forced.”
Garland couldn’t be reached for comment late Wednesday afternoon to answer questions about his goals as superintendent and whether the financial issues are on his radar.
In a press release issued by interim superintendent Robert Boyd, Garland said his vision for Tri-Central includes being transparent with everyone involved in the schools, maintaining an open door policy, establishing trust with the community and becoming involved in school and community organizations.
Garland has been an administrator at North Miami Junior-Senior High School since 2009. He served first as assistant principal and then as principal of the 506-student school.
He assisted the superintendent in policy development, finance, facilities and instruction when needed, according to the press release.
He worked for years as a technology teacher in Logansport and Lafayette.
Before that, he spent 10 years at Delphi Automotive Electronics where he managed a response team to solve customer issues. He also served 11 years in the U.S. Army and Army National Guard. As a staff sergeant, he taught battle field skills to noncommissioned and commissioned officers at the Indiana Military Academy.
Board president Chris Kelley said, “The board worked diligently to screen and interview a host of quality candidates, and while the final selection was difficult given the overall quality of the candidate pool, we believe Mr. Garland will lead the corporation with energy and vision.”
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