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March 22, 2010

Kokomo superintendent leaving

Himsel has accepted a job with Northwest Allen County Schools

Kokomo-Center School Superintendent Christopher Himsel has accepted a job with another school district.

School board president Joe Dunbar confirmed that Himsel, who has been Kokomo’s superintendent since July 2008, has been offered the job of superintendent of the Northwest Allen County Schools in Fort Wayne.

“Unfortunately, it’s going to happen,” Dunbar said.

Dunbar said until the Northwestern Allen board votes on Himsel’s contract, he cannot give any further details. No information was available about when he will leave. Himsel was not available for comment Monday.

According to Indiana Department of Education data, the Northwest Allen County Schools, which includes Carroll High School, has 6,310 students, with a graduation rate of 92.9 percent. Just 11 percent receive free and reduced lunches, and minority enrollment is 10 percent.

Kokomo-Center Schools, with enrollment of 6,837 students, has a graduation rate of 84.3 percent. Fifty-three percent of students receive free and reduced lunches, and minority enrollment is 28 percent.

Fort Wayne’s ABC News affiliate reported Himsel will take over at a time when Northwest Allen County School officials must cut $2.4 million from the corporation budget. Himsel has led the Kokomo-Center reorganization process, part of an effort to cut $3.7 million from its budget.

Himsel replaced Thomas Little Jr., who left to become superintendent of the Metropolitan School District of Perry Township in Indianapolis.

Himsel was an assistant professor at the University of Indianapolis and executive director of the Indiana Association of Supervision and Curriculum before being hired by the Kokomo-Center board.

Prior to his work at the University of Indianapolis, he served six years in the Lafayette School Corp. as assistant superintendent and director of secondary education. He also was principal of Jefferson High School for one year and Tecumseh Middle School for two years.

Himsel previously taught high school math and was a middle school assistant principal for the Metropolitan School District of Perry Township.

Himsel graduated from Danville High School in 1985 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics education from Indiana State University in 1990. He earned a Master of Science degree in secondary school administration from Butler University and an education specialist degree in educational administration from Indiana State.

• Danielle Rush is the Kokomo Tribune education reporter. She can be reached at 765-454-8585 or danielle.rush@kokomotribune.com.

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