However, Foster said the move to Winamac was “a pretty natural transition.”
He and his family still reside in Star City within Eastern Pulaski’s borders. “It’s obviously a very good school corporation,” he said. “It’s a very good opportunity to come full circle, to come back home, so to speak.”
After Foster leaves Caston on Friday, his position will be temporarily filled by former Caston superintendent Iran Floyd, who since his retirement has served several stints as interim superintendent for various school corporations. He was Caston superintendent from 1974 to 1984 and was interim superintendent immediately before Foster assumed the permanent position at Caston five years ago.
Jason Herd, president of the Caston school board, said Foster’s initial notification of his resignation had surprised him.
“He had notified us prior to Tuesday night,” when the board officially voted to accept his resignation, Herd said, “but going back to when he notified us... I’m not going to speak for the rest of the board, but I was relatively surprised and disapppointed.
“Obviously [I’m] happy for him, he has roots there, but disappointed that Caston’s losing a very good leader,” Herd said.
The Caston school board will begin a search for a permanent superintendent “as soon as possible,” Herd said.
“I know that the board will be doing some research on different ways to fill that position,” he added. Some on the board are interested in checking out whether Caston would be a good fit for a part-time superintendency, explained Herd. “We’ll just have to decide which direction the board wants to go.”
He said board members’ farewells to Foster on Tuesday were “all positive.”
“Eastern Pulaski Schools is getting an extremely hardworking individual,” Herd said, and “is very fortunate to have him.”
Sarah Einselen is news editor at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-732-5151.