FULTON – Caston School Corporation will have a new superintendent starting Jan. 1, 2021.
The board approved a three-year contract for Dr. Paul Voigt at Wednesday’s meeting. Current superintendent, Cindy Douglass, will end her seven-year reign at the end of this year.
Voigt has been shadowing Douglass since July 1, 2020 in order to gain understanding of the procedures associated with the job, he said. “This has been a listening tour. I’ve been keeping my eyes and ears open as Cindy has been teaching me about the different aspects of the job.”
While he does not anticipate making any immediate changes once he assumes the role, he said he is considering ways to tweak and improve the system. But since Douglass has been running the show in an impeccable manner, he said there isn’t much to consider at this time.
For now, he’s just excited about what the future holds.
A graduate of Carroll High School in Fort Wayne, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Trine University in Angola. Then, he opted to return to his alma mater where “I thought I would teach and coach [football, wrestling and track] until the day I die.”
Eventually, though, he became the assistant principal for the freshman campus of the Allen County-based school corporation, and also pursued higher education, earning his master’s degree from the University of Indianapolis and subsequent Ph.D. in education from Indiana State in Terre Haute. He later earned his superintendent’s license.
During his career, he worked at Marion Community School Corporation’s elementary and middle schools in Grant County as well as the Tucker Career and Technology Center. For the last five years, he has served as principal for Wabash’s Northfield Junior-Senior High School.
But when the opportunity presented itself for Voigt to step into the role of superintendent, he knew Caston was the right choice.
Douglass said she has been impressed by the incoming superintendent’s abilities. Knowing the corporation will be in capable hands, she said retirement is looking better.
“I have no plans for work,” she said.
There will be some things about the job that she will miss, but making decisions about whether to open school late due to weather conditions will not be one of them.
Since her husband travels quite often for his job, Douglass said she is hoping to enjoy more excursions, including visiting her two children who do not reside near her.
Before Douglass assumed her present position in 2013, she had been employed as the Caston curriculum coordinator from 1991-1995 and then moved into the role of elementary principal until 2013.
In other business
The school board approved the 2021 budget and ratified the teachers’ contract for another year.
They also approved the services of schoolpointe for web hosting. According to Douglass, the group will manage the school’s website and also provide an app that could be downloaded on cell phones or other electronic devices.
The product will allow the school system to incorporate its all-call system for delays and cancellations to all points of equipment and social media sites without having to post to each one separately, said Douglass. “It will make our system more efficient.”