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MCS taps North White superintendent

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com

After a months-long hiring process and about two years of temporary leadership, Manchester Community Schools has a new superintendent.

Teresa Gremaux was approved by Manchester’s school board at a meeting last week Tuesday and Monday was her first day in the role.

She comes to North Manchester from Monon, Indiana where she served as superintendent of the North White School Corporation for four years.

According to the Monticello Herald Journal, Gremaux worked in East Allen County schools for 17 years before taking the helm at North White.

Board President Ruth Ayres said Gremaux “knocked it out of the park” in her final interview and appreciated “her desire to really work together as a team” to create change.

“As a board, we noticed right away that her heart was to help people be the best they could be, mentor people and give them every opportunity to be their best, (but also) … that she has some firm standards and boundaries and expectations,” Ayres said.

Out of the pool of applicants, the Indiana School Board Association helped the board compile a list of those candidates who met the board’s qualifications. A shortlist of 20 candidates was then narrowed by the board to six for the first interview, Ayres said.

From the first round interview the board selected two final candidates who were invited to interview again. That interview included tours of each school and lots of interaction with principals, teachers, students and the teacher’s association.

“It was important to us to the board to have as much input as possible from faculty and staff,” Ayres said.

Board member Rick Epseset said communication skills, experience and a “clear vision” were a few of Gremaux’s strengths that stood out to him in the interview process.

“I anticipate her being involved and recognizable in the community,” Epseset said.

Ayres said she expects the new superintendent to “empower” people.

“I think that she is going to be somebody who listens and who sets a vision and stays the course. She understands storms come, but that the vision stays the same and the sense that I got of her vision … (is) it’s about helping people be the best they can be in order for Manchester to stand out, to be remarkable,” Ayres said.

After being led by interim superintendents for more than a year, Epseset said filling the role will be good for the district.

“Some stability in general will be positive for this community,” Epseset said.

The Wabash Plain Dealer has reached out to Gremaux for an interview and will be following up with her about her new role. 

Former superintendent Bill Reichhart left the school corporation at the end of the 2016-17 school year. Mike Pettibone filled in on an interim basis for a year and a half before resigning last fall, when Russ Mikel was appointed interim superintendent for the remainder of the search.