Warsaw Community Schools Board of Trustees announced David Hoffert will be named superintendent of schools effective July 1.
According to a press release issued this morning, Hoffert will replace Dr. Craig Hintz, who is retiring as of June 30. Hintz was approved as superintendent April 27, 2009.
Hintz announced Hoffert as WCS’s assistant superintendent at a Dec. 16 board meeting. He was just the chief academic officer at that point. His promotion to assistant superintendent became effective Jan. 1.
While the board has taken no official vote yet on Hoffert, it has chosen to move forward with Hoffert as superintendent. A public notice on his contract will be published in the Times-Union Saturday, according to Executive Assistant to the Superintendent Nicole Wills.
At the board’s public work session May 13, board members will review Hoffert’s contract and allow for public comments. During a special board meeting at the end of May, date to be determined, the board will vote on Hoffert as superintendent and on his contract, Wills said.
According to the public meeting notice, Hoffert’s base salary if approved will be $140,000. The contract also includes $4,200 for an annual teacher retirement fund contribution; $2,000 for waiver of health insurance premium stipend; $1,339 for annual group dental insurance premium contribution; $100 for annual long-term disability premium contribution; $200 for annual term life premium contribution; and $884 for annual technology allowance.
The total of the proposed contract is $148,723.
The total monetary value of Hintz’s base salary and benefits contract was $164,218.52.
According to the press release, “Hoffert possesses broad educational experience as a teacher, coach and administrator.”
He currently serves as the assistant superintendent and chief academic officer (2011-current) in Warsaw Community Schools. Prior to his current position, he served as the principal of Northfield Jr./Sr. High (2009-2011) in Wabash, and as a history teacher and boys track coach at Warsaw Community High School (2002-2009).
Hoffert graduated from WCHS and received his undergraduate degree in secondary education from Anderson University, master’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University, principal licensure from Indiana Wesleyan University and education specialist degree from Indiana State University. He is presently completing coursework toward his doctoral degree at Indiana State University, and anticipates earning his Ph.D. in educational leadership this year.
In the release Hoffert is quoted as stating, “It is a privilege and honor to be appointed superintendent of schools in my hometown. As a Warsaw Community High School graduate, Warsaw Community School educator and father of children within the corporation, it is a dream come true to serve the students and families of our community. I am extremely thankful to the Warsaw Board of School Trustees for their faith in my ability to lead the corporation as it continues to pursue the objectives set forth in the corporation’s strategic plan.
“Dr. Craig Hintz has provided stability of leadership and vision during the past five years as superintendent. As I commence the transition into the superintendent’s position, it is evident that Warsaw Community Schools is blessed to have a strong foundation of dedicated board members, teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, community stakeholders and students. I look forward to working in collaboration with these groups to positively impact all students in the corporation.”
To assist the board in the search  process, it contracted with BWP and Associates, a nationally recognized recruiting firm possessing extensive experience in superintendent searches. In consultation with BWP, the board established a tentative timeline to accomplish  the search and a thorough vetting  process that included compiling information from all stakeholders; providing the community with an opportunity to provide input in the process; preparing and analyzing the data from an online survey; and interaction with targeted focus groups.
The press release quotes BWP Director Ron Barnes as stating, “David Hoffert has excellent qualifications for the superintendent position, and he certainly is within the top 3 percent of candidates that our firm interviewed with respect to his qualifications for the position.”
Jennifer Tandy, WCS Board president, stated, “The board is certain in our choice of Mr. Hoffert, and confident that under his leadership Warsaw Community Schools will continue to be recognized as among one of the leading transformational school systems in the state. By working through a professional search firm, we were able to confirm that Mr. Hoffert is the right candidate for our school system, and with their assistance we were able to assemble and consider the valuable input from community stakeholders, teachers, and administrators and support staff.”
Hoffert resides in Warsaw with his wife Rachael, an education professor at Grace College, and three children, Ryun, Robinson and Roosevelt. Away from the schools, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, running and researching history.