McWhirt to head Heartland; Hobbs to retire

By Amanda Redman

Wabash City School administrators plan to restructure rather than fill the position of athletic director following the resignation of Floyd McWhirt.
The school board accepted the McWhirt’s resignation, effective at the end of his contract June 30, 2023, in a meeting May 1.
Superintendent Dr. Amy Sivley said she and Matt Stone, business director, will reorganize their own workloads to cover the duties.
“Our current financial situation has caused us to evaluate how we will proceed,” Sivley told the board. “We have come up with a plan. Mr. Stone and I have decided that the fiscally responsible decision is to rearrange our workloads.”
Sivley will being the plan before the board for approval in the June meeting.
McWhirt has accepted the position of Heartland Career Center director, Sivley said.
“We know he’ll do amazing things there,” Sivley said.
McWhirt has been with WCS for 17 years filling the roles of teacher, coach and administrator, Sivley said, adding, “He will be greatly missed.”
“It’s sad to leave them but it’s also very exciting,” McWhirt said during a phone interview Monday. “It will be a great opportunity. Heartland has done an amazing job with expanding their programs and I hope to continue that growth.”
McWhirt will assume the director position following the retirement of Mark Hobbs on July 1.
“This is my 33rd year in education and I have been fortunate to have served the last 23 of those years at Heartland Career Center.  Our enrollment is at its highest point ever, our programs are outstanding and growing, our cash balance is at its highest point and we have a wonderful staff,” Hobbs said. “I guess those are all of the measuring points that I use to determine if it is a great time to start a retirement process.  I had always hoped to leave at a time when I thought I was at my best professionally and our school was performing at its best.  It is that time.”
Covering the position, rather than filling it, will result in major cost savings as neither Sivley nor Stone will take a pay increase for the additional duties.
“Mr. Stone will take on the role of the athletic director and continue to work at central office as the chief operations officer overseeing buildings and grounds, maintenance and custodial, transportation and cafeteria,” Sivley said. “I will continue as superintendent focusing on curriculum, as well as taking over the CFO duties including building and budgeting.”

Posted on 2023 May 10