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Wabash tabs new superintendent

By Mandy Mahan

Amy Sivley has been selected as the next Wabash City Schools superintendent. She will replace Jason Callahan, who resigned earlier this year to take a post with the Indiana Department of Education.

Sivley has 27 years of public education experience and, if formally approved by the board, will assume her superintendent responsibilities on July 1, 2021.

During the recruitment process, Dr. Michael Adamson of the Indiana School Boards Association consulted with Wabash City Schools for a nationwide superintendent search. The board of education held meetings with each district building and the community to lend perspective on the attributes sought in the next superintendent.

“The meetings held with staff and the community were extremely valuable in lending perspective as to what mattered most to our staff and community stakeholders,” WCS Board President Rod Kelsheimer said.  “It was apparent from those meetings we needed to find someone that would be able to build upon what we are already doing and continue to move our district forward.  We looked for someone that had a proven record of leadership, could build relationships, and would drive instruction throughout our district.  We also felt it was important to find someone that would be involved not only with our schools, but with the greater Wabash community as well.  We have great community partners and it is important that we are able to maintain and strengthen those relationships to provide opportunities for our students.”

After receiving input from community members, administrators, teachers, and staff, interviews were conducted and Sivley was selected from 14 applicants.

“The board met and discussed all 14 applicants and their application package,” Kelsheimer told The Paper of Wabash County. “Interviews were scheduled with five of the applicants.  After conducting in person interviews with the five candidates, the board felt two stood out above the rest and second interviews were scheduled.”

Sivley has a proven track record of leadership focused on instruction. She has excellent communication skills and the innate ability to collaborate with and develop those around her. These qualities make her especially qualified to lead Wabash City School Mission of providing a relevant and rigorous education, founded upon relationships, to ensure each student is college and career ready for success in a global community.

“What really set Amy apart was the variety of experience she has gained over a 27-year career in public education and her reputation as someone who gets results,” said Kelsheimer. “She has spent time in the classroom as a teacher and has been a varsity coach.  She has experience as a building administrator having served as an assistant principal/athletic director and as a building principal.  She also brings central office experience having been both the HR Director and Accountability Director for Warsaw Community Schools.  This background will serve her well and make for a smooth transition into a superintendent role.”

She began her career in education as a business teacher at Bluffton High School and has held various administrator positions with Warsaw Community Schools for most of the past 17 years. Those roles include Assistant Middle School Principal and Athletic Director, Gateway Education Center Principal, Chief Accountability Officer, and Director of Human Resources. She is currently at Lakeview Middle School principal.

Sivley holds a Bachelor of Science in business education from Ball State University, Master of Science in educational leadership from Indiana University/Purdue University Fort Wayne, and an education specialist degree in educational leadership from Ball State University. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Education in educational leadership from Ball State University.

Kelsheimer told The Paper of Wabash County that he looks forward to bringing Sivley on board and allowing her the opportunity to meet staff, students and community. 

“We believe she is a great fit and will be an exceptional superintendent for Wabash City Schools,” he said.

“The board would be remiss if we did not take the opportunity to thank our administrators, teachers, and staff for their support throughout this process,” said Kelsheimer. “Their dedication to our students and school system cannot be overstated and is very much appreciated.  The board would like to especially thank Mrs. Emily Tracy and Mr. Matt Stone for their assistance through this transition period.  Both of these individuals took on a greater workload by dividing the responsibilities of the superintendent and ensured the day to day operations of the district continued to run smoothly.”

According to a posting on the City Schools’ website, Sivley will be offered a three-year contract with a base salary of $114,000, plus benefits. The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, to discuss and hear objections to and support for the proposed contract. The meeting will be at Wabash City Hall, 202 S. Wabash St.

Posted on 2021 Apr 27