SOUTH BEND — South Bend Community School Corp.’s board announced today that Eric King, one of three superintendent finalists, has withdrawn his application for personal reasons.
Roger Parent, school board president, said in a news release, "Citizens and reporters have provided important and valuable information about superintendent candidate finalists. We appreciate their hard work and we thank them for it."
The Tribune reported on Thursday that King left Muncie schools amid controversy this summer over failure of the school district to notify police that a student reported being raped in a high school bathroom.
The student eventually pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four years in prison.
The school corporation, along with King, have been named in a civil suit filed subsequently by the girl’s family.
Christopher Smith, the former principal of Muncie Central High School, is facing criminal charges for failure to immediately report the incident, is scheduled to go on trial Nov. 22.
King, however, did not and will not face criminal charges relating to the incident, a Delaware County deputy prosecutor said Thursday.
King was to have spent the day here on Monday being interviewed by the board, as well as multiple preselected groups.
Now Carole Schmidt, the district’s interim superintendent and a candidate for the permanent position, will be the first interviewee, spending the day on Wednesday going through the interview process.
The other candidate, Robert Haworth, currently an assistant superintendent at Valparaiso schools, will be in town on Thursday being interviewed.
Each candidate will conduct a 20-minute press conference on the day of their interviews.
The board hired Omaha-Neb.-based recruitment firm McPherson & Jacobson, to conduct its superintendent search.
The firm’s fee is $26,500, plus expenses, which are estimated to be about $15,000.
Roger Parent, the board president, has said three area organizations have committed to help cover the expense of the search firm.
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