June 7, 2013

Winamac schools interview candidates

Board hopes to finish by mid-July.


WINAMAC — The Eastern Pulaski Community School Board is in the middle of its first round of interviews for its open superintendent's position.

Veteran Winamac superintendent Robert Klitzman announced his retirement in mid-March but has agreed to stay on until the school board can find someone to step into the position.

Klitzman said the school board is interviewing six candidates initially, out of 15 to 18 who applied.

"Their hope is to have everything done by mid-July," Klitzman said.

However, new legal requirements regarding advertising and public meetings are lengthening the process, he said.

The board interviewed three candidates Wednesday night and had three more interviews scheduled Thursday night, according to board secretary Larry Beach.

"We are progressing — got some good candidates," Beach said.

He confirmed that the board was aiming to finish within six weeks.

"The sooner the better for us," said Beach, "but sometimes it'll take time to get it whittled down."

He anticipates the board will choose about two candidates from the six they interview to call for second interviews. The board is expected to discuss the six candidates at an executive session next week.

The school board will meet in regular session at 5:30 p.m. Monday to take care of some end-of-year routine business. The board will also consider a memorandum of understanding with Klitzman, which he said will formalize his agreement to stay on as superintendent until his replacement is hired.

He had originally announced his retirement effective June 30.

Sarah Einselen is news editor at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at or 574-732-5151.