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North West Hendricks board approves interim superintendent

The North West Hendricks School district in Lizton has a new interim superintendent.

In a special meeting that was called on Tuesday, the North West Hendricks School Board approved Dr. Scott Syverson as interim superintendent to fill the position vacated by Mike Springer, who resigned last week.

“North West Hendricks feels extremely fortunate to have Dr. Syverson step in at this time to lead our district forward,” board president Jim Diagostino said in a statement posted to the district’s Facebook page. “We believe his depth of experience and proven leadership ability will be a significant asset in the education of our students.”

Syverson has a long career as an educator. He has been an administrator at both public and private schools and has previously served as the Chief Talent Officer for the Indiana Department of Education. He also served as the lead on the development of Indiana’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and helped create online supports for potential teachers and districts in need of staff.

The North West Hendricks School board will begin the search for a permanent superintendent at the beginning of the year with a planned start date of July 2020.

The changes come during a criminal investigation into sexual misconduct allegations involving a Tri-West High School football coach and a 17-year-old female student. The allegations surfaced last May and are still under investigation. The coach is on paid administrative leave and has denied allegations. He has not been criminally charged.

Superintendent Mike Springer resigned shortly after the school board voted to go against his recommendation to fire the coach.

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