Search Begins, Guidelines to Apply

Vigo County, Ind. - After close to four decades in the Vigo County School Corporation and 20 of those years spent as superintendent, Dr. Danny Tanoos will retire. 

What does that mean for the corporation and when will a replacement take his place?

There are two major components to hiring a superintendent: education and certification.     

Some criteria varies depending on the candidate, but the Vigo County School Corporation already has a plan in place. 

"There will be a search committee and we'll go nationwide, statewide, region wide and do the interview process and work through that." says Jackie Lower.  

According to the Indiana Department of Education Website, a superintendent application must have a list of things: 
    - they have to pass the "district level administration" license exam 
    - have a masters degree or higher
    - hold an instructional license
    - and have a minimum of 2 years experience as a teacher

"It's strictly up to the board," says Lower. "Just the board makes decisions and that's traditional, you know, whenever that's done."

In-state applicants also have to be certified in CPR, suicide prevention training and have an experience verification letter. 

So the next step is for a search committee to be formed. 

"We'll just be finding our way through that with the support of whatever search mechanism we use," says Lower. "There will be guidelines we'll follow." 

City officials say that this search will be critical in keeping Terre Haute moving in the right direction. 

"We're trying to build economic development activity here and all the things related to that," says Mayor Duke Bennett. "Education of people and then turning them into workers, you know, is just so important for us to be able to sell Terre Haute."

The school corporation is in the middle of a large project, trying to potentially build new schools.  

"It's very important for a new superintendent to get his or her feet wet in the corporation to get the feel of the community, if it's from somebody on the outside and then we'll work on that," says Lower."You have to do one step at a time, and this is step one."

Right now, Dr. Danny Tanoos's last day as superintendent will be July first.

He will stay with the corporation in another capacity through the end of this year.    

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