Without discussion, a motion was made by Vice President Tina Heffner and seconded by board member Amy Adams to accept the retirement, which was then unanimously approved.
According to a press release provided to The Brazil Times, Schroeder's retirement will become effective Dec. 31, 2010.
He started his career as a social studies teacher in 1978 "and took on the positions of increasing responsibility such as assistant principal, principal and director of instruction." He later accepted a position as superintendent in 1995, then came to Clay Community Schools on July 1, 2006, after being superintendent at South Putnam School Corporation.
Schroeder has not ruled out the possibility of returning to public education in some capacity in the future, according to the press release.
Upon Schroeder's retirement, the board voted unanimously to move Assistant Supt. of Curriculum Kim Tucker into the Interim Superintendents position.
"I have confidence in (Tucker) and I believe she will do a fine job leading the corporation," President Rob Miller said.
According to Miller, the open superintendent position will be posted sometime in February or March, in order to open the pool for all potential candidates because many are still currently under contract.
Though the news of Schroeder's retirement is a bit abrupt, Tucker will attempt to make the change in position a smooth transition.
"I appreciate the opportunity and the board's confidence in permitting me to assist with the successful transition with the leadership of the corporation," she said. "I look forward to working with the (board) and the schools by continuing in furthering the success of our schools and the academic achievement of our students."
Tucker will begin her new role Jan. 1, 2011.
The next meeting of the Clay Community School Board of Trustees will be 7:30 p.m., Jan. 11, 2011, in the media center at North Clay Middle School.