Union-North superintendent leaving for Mishawaka top spot
LAKEVILLE — The Union-North United School Corporation will be seeking a new superintendent within the next few weeks to replace the current superintendent, Dr. Terry Barker.
Although the official announcement by the School City of Mishawaka has not been released, Barker began the task of informing Union-North School board members Friday afternoon that he is heading to the Mishawaka top leadership job.
He also met with the administration teams of the LaVille Schools after the students were released Friday.
Dr. Barker came to the LaVille Schools in July of 2009.
According to board member David Grenert, Barker intends to leave the Union-North Corporation near the first part of October.
Grenert expressed his appreciation for the work Barker has accomplished for the corporation. Grenert said, "Dr. Barker came in at a very difficult time when the corporation was experiencing financial problems, in part due to the economy going south."
Grenert added, "Dr. Barker recommended cuts that were necessary in an attempt to balance the budget; Barker made the necessary cuts without adversely affecting the education process."
Grenert explained that Barker's leaving was not a reflection of the relationship with the current board. He said, "Barker told us that the Mishawaka position was his dream job."