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BOURBON â€” Triton School Corporation superintendent Carl Hilling announced his resignation at a regularly scheduled school board meeting Monday evening. He will continue his duties as superintendent until the end of the 2011-12 school year.
"It's been a good four years," said Hilling, "but I have a wife who needs me in Michigan."
He explained later that he and his wife still own a house in Michigan that they have not been able to sell. They were forced into a long-distance relationship as his wife stayed with the house in Michigan while Hilling worked in Bourbon. Hilling said that he is not sure what he will do next, adding jokingly that he had tried to retire twice previously.
Band and choir directer Pete Foster expressed sentiments at Hilling's announcement. He addressed the school board, saying, "You know that (Hilling and I) are like two bulls in a china shop when we disagree. (But) he has always been an advocate for kids. There's never been a doubt in my mind that our students are number one with him."
Foster also said that he is sure whoever the school board choses to replace Hilling will have the same passion for students.
Triton Elementary School principal Jeremy Riffle added his feelings, saying that he appreciates all the support Hilling has offered to the elementary school in his years of service.