An interim emergency manager for the Gary Community School Corp. is in place, following the recent and unexpected departure of Peter Morikis, who held the position for 18 months.
The school corporation says former East Chicago Schools Superintendent Paige McNulty will take over the post.
McNulty will be the district’s third emergency manager since the state took over the indebted school district in August 2017.
Morikis says he was brought into the role to complete phase 1 of the turnaround plan for the beleaguered school system, which included assessing and evaluating the district’s academic and financial needs.
“We have made significant strides in stabilizing these areas, and now the focus becomes ending GCSC’s status as a distressed unit,” said Morikis.
McNulty has been with the district since last fall to ensure the district follows compliance for federal grants programs.
“After completing a successful assignment with Federal Programs, I am honored to accept the role of Interim Emergency Manager and continue the great work that’s underway in Gary,” said McNulty. “I am fully focused on moving the Gary schools back to a self-sustaining district. It’s what we all want.”
The news release from the school corporation did not say why Morikis is leaving, but it did say he’ll be working with his replacement to help with the transition.