BAINBRIDGE -- One of the North Putnam School Corpor-ation's long-standing administrators, assistant superintendent Kevin Emsweller, will officially resign from his post at the end of June. He has been chosen to become the superintendent at the Tipton Community School Corporation, starting July 1.
Emsweller has been a member of the North Putnam staff for 21 years. He was first the principal for Roachdale Elementary in 1990, and in 1994 he assumed he became an administrative assistant. He would become assistant superintendent shortly afterwards.
During his time at North Putnam Emsweller also took classes at Purdue University in order to receive his doctorate degree and be able to become a full superintendent, which he completed in 2010 after four to five years of study.
"Sometimes life gets in the way of studies," Emsweller said.
Though Emsweller said he did not initially see himself as a superintendent, the changing landscape of education -- not always for the better, he said -- has convinced Emsweller to put his hat in the ring.
"Seeing the challenges, I thought it was a good time to jump in," Emsweller said.
Emsweller applied and eventually accepted the job at the Tipton Community School Corporation because of its similarities to North Putnam. Emsweller said the school performed well on its ISTEP testing, is a small school with a similar makeup to North Putnam and it faces many similar challenges.
"Budget," Emsweller said when asked about the greatest challenge he would face at Tipton, which is roughly two hours away from Greencastle and with a town population of about 5,000. "Everyone is seeing the same challenges and is being asked to make cuts."
Emsweller said he appreciated his time at North Putnam and was glad to have worked there for as long as he did. He said he learned a great deal about how to handle specific challenges, citing this year's transportation problems during snowy weather as an example.
"The board has been good to work for," Emsweller said.
Emsweller began his studies at Indiana State University, graduating in 1974 and receiving his master's from Indiana University in 1978.