The Clay Community Schools Board of Trustees met for a special meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4, to approve the appointment of Michael Howard II as the new director of facilities and grounds.
Superintendent Kim Tucker, Business Director Tim Gorman, Personnel Director Carolyn Kumpf and President of the Board Rob Miller interviewed Howard for the position.
Howard will start on a 260-day contract with a starting salary of $70,000.
According to Tucker, there were "several outstanding candidates with a considerable degree of technology experience;" however, Howard has worked in facilities in grounds for several years.
"Many of the questions we asked revealed that he'd covered much of the same work and same grounds," Tucker said, "We felt like he was the best candidate under the circumstances."
Miller agreed and said he felt Howard was the most qualified.
The board voted 5-0 to accept Howard for the position. Board members Tina Heffner and Tammy Beasley were not present to vote.
Howard, a native of Clay County, lived in Brazil for 33 years until he was married. He and his wife live in Terre Haute where he has worked in facility and grounds at the Rose- Hulman Institute of Technology for more than 10 years. He had prior technical work experience before working at Rose-Hulman.
Howard is a 1997 graduate of Northview High School, and his mother currently works in CCS as an aide at Meridian Elementary.
"I am very excited to be working for the corporation I was a part of," Howard told The Brazil Times. "The school buildings have undergone a lot of changes in the last few years, so I am excited to be a part of it. My experience in facility management has prepared me for this. I think it's a perfect fit."
Howard will be replacing former facilities and grounds director Tom Reberger, who is retiring at the end of the year. Reberger was recently elected to the CCS Board of Trustees.