HOWARD — East Knox Superintendent Matt Caputo is stepping down as the leader of the school district to go back to working more closely with students. He will take on the roll as principal at Butler Elementary School for the Clear Fork Valley Schools.
“My true passion as a professional educator is in a direct role with students and the staff that impacts them directly,” Caputo said. “I believe that I can make a greater impact on the lives of students and the community at large in that type of role.”
The district leader said he did not know how the district’s bottom line will affect the search for a new superintendent, but did comment on what will happen with the district if a new revenue stream is not found.
“Eventually, the state will come into the district and appoint an oversight committee,” he said. “The local [Board of Education] will in essence lose local control, the district will be required to go to the state minimum offerings, and have to borrow money to pay bills.”
When asked if his departure, and that of high school principal Ryan Gallwitz, during a time of financial crisis, will appear to the public as if they are “leaving a sinking ship,” Caputo said, “The school system is not made up of one building administrator or one central office administrator to solve all of the problems. The school is part of and serves the community. The East Knox Local Schools System has a great track record of coming together as a community to support each other. ... The community needs to come together now and determine how they might support the school system.”
A special board meeting is scheduled for Friday afternoon, prior to commencement exercises, to act on Caputo’s resignation, and possibly that of Gallwitz.
Caputo came to the district in August 2009 to serve as elementary principal. He replaced John Marschhausen as superintendent in 2010.