The Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation (MVCSC) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Mrs. Heather Noesges and Mr. Chris Smedley have been selected to serve as the Interim Co-Superintendents for the district. Dr. William Carnes, a retired Superintendent from Whitley County Consolidated Schools and former Interim Superintendent at Hamilton Southeastern Schools, will also serve in an external, advisory capacity.
Mrs. Noesges currently serves as the Director of Elementary Education for Mt. Vernon Schools, and prior to that was the Fortville Elementary School Principal. She has a total of 18 years in education, 10 of them at Mt. Vernon, five as an administrator and five as a teacher. Noesges has a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education, a Masters in Educational Leadership, a Masters in Multicultural Education and is in her final year of her PhD for Curriculum and Assessment through Walden University.
Mrs. Noesges stated, “In our role as Co-Superintendents, we plan to continue to support Mt. Vernon staff, while maintaining the vision and positive educational experiences for our students. We will work closely with the administration team, staff, and the community to continue the outstanding academic opportunities at Mt. Vernon. I am honored to work with Mr. Smedley to help support the MVCSC Board of Trustees and I look forward to offering a smooth transition for the next superintendent at MVCSC.”
Mr. Smedley currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for MVCSC, and prior to that has 21 years of experience in education serving as a building level administrator, teacher and coach during his career. He initially earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Finance from Ball State University (BSU) before returning to BSU to obtain his teaching certification degree in Business Education. In addition, he earned his Masters in K-12 School Administration from I.P.F.W. in 2005.
Mr. Smedley shared, “I am both humbled and honored by the opportunity the school board has given me to team up with Mrs. Noesges to serve the Mt. Vernon community in this capacity. Our plan is to oversee the district in this interim role to help ensure that the curriculum and operational needs continue to be met, so that administrators can lead their buildings and teachers can provide quality instruction. While the board conducts their search for a permanent replacement, we will support learning opportunities for our students that will continue to develop them socially, emotionally, and intellectually.”
Dr. William Carnes has vast experience as a teacher, principal, superintendent, university instructor, an author, as well as an educational consultant. His experience will complete the leadership team and help guide Mt. Vernon to continue the path of academic excellence.
Their co-superintendency will take effect June 1, 2018. Noesges and Smedley will split duties based on their various skills and strengths. Although their duties will evolve, Noesges plans to handle K-12 curriculum, instruction, vocational needs, the International Exchange program, special education, and school safety. Smedley will be handling the general operations of the district, including but not limited to operations, maintenance, finance, transportation, technology, and food service. They plan to work together for staffing and other crossover areas.
Mrs. Shannon Walls, President of the MVCSC Board of Trustees, states, “The School Board of Trustees has confidence in the level of administrative experience that Mrs. Noesges and Mr. Smedley collectively offer. We believe their knowledge of the district will maintain the program strength and academic excellence that Mt. Vernon is known for. Their leadership, combined with Dr. Carnes superintendent experience in an advisory capacity, will support a unified vision and bridge for the next leadership. We want to reassure staff, students and the Mt. Vernon community that the leadership will provide a smooth transition.”
The MVCSC Board of Trustees has contracted with the Indiana School Boards Association (ISBA) to conduct the search for the next superintendent of MVCSC. The Board of Trustees has chosen to take a prolonged search approach with the ISBA and not rush the process. The MVCSC Board of Trustees intends to secure an experienced and skilled candidate, ideally by the end of 2018 with the goal to begin employment in January, 2019.
The incoming MVCSC Superintendent will replace Dr. Shane Robbins, who has moved to take a Superintendent position in South Carolina.