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Robert Haworth

The current superintendent of Elkhart Community Schools is soon expected to be named the next Vigo County schools superintendent, subject to board approval.

Multiple sources, who asked not to be named in the newspaper, have told the newspaper that Robert Haworth, superintendent of Elkhart schools since summer 2012, is the choice of the Vigo County School Corporation search team.

Jackie Lower, Vigo County school board president, on Tuesday would neither confirm nor deny that the Haworth is the district's choice. She did say a candidate has been selected and announcement is forthcoming this week.

The newspaper left a message seeking comment from Lower earlier this afternoon; it has yet to be returned.

The Tribune-Star called Haworth's office on Tuesday and this afternoon but was told he was in meetings on Tuesday and was out of the office this afternoon.

Karen S. Carter, Elkhart school board president, on Tuesday said she was not aware Haworth had been tapped to be the next VCSC superintendent. She did say she would be very sad to lose him if he departs for Terre Haute.

"He's done a really good job for us in the last six years," Carter said. "He has lead us through two successful referendums" and a petition remonstrance process. He also lead the district in developing the Elkhart Promise strategic plan, which is in the process of being implemented.

Haworth earned his master’s degree [1996] and an administrative certificate [2000] from Indiana University Southeast, and his doctorate [2004] from Indiana State University.

The Indiana native was previously assistant superintendent at Valparaiso for two years. Prior to that was superintendent of two other Indiana school corporations, Warsaw Community Schools and Springs Valley Community School Corp. He also served as vice president of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

In 2016, the Elkhart Community School Board approved a five-year strategic plan called "The Elkhart Promise," which included plans to pursue a grade realignment that would free up space for the pre-kindergarten programs by moving sixth-graders into the middle schools. It would also create a ninth-grade academy and a fourth middle school at Elkhart Central.

Sophomore through senior classes at Elkhart Central would be consolidated into the existing Elkhart Memorial to create a unified Elkhart High School, according to a November 2017 article from the Elkhart Truth.

The Elkhart school corporation, which serves both urban and rural communities, has about 13,000 students.

The Vigo County School Corp. has posted the proposed contract of its next superintendent. That person would be paid a base salary of $173,000 the first year and $175,000 the next two year.

A public hearing on the new superintendent's contract is required by law and is set for 5 p.m. May 31.

The current Vigo County schools chief, Danny Tanoos, is retiring as superintendent effective July 1.

— Mark Fitton of the Tribune-Star also contributed to this report.

Sue Loughlin has been a reporter at the Tribune-Star for more than 30 years. She covers general news with a focus on education.