NEW LONDON The New London School District has started the search for a new superintendent following the surprise resignation of Jim Eibel Monday.
In a letter to the board, Eibel said, "The superintendent position has left me with a longing to be closer to students and teachers. I miss the daily interaction with students and desire to move to building level administration again."
Eibel took over the job of superintendent almost exactly a year ago, replacing long-time superintendent Gary Graham. Prior to that he had first served as elementary principal and then as assistant superintendent for the district.
With his resignation effective July 31, Eibel said he felt this would give the board time to find a replacement for him. He will be looking for an elementary principal position in another district.
Dennis Goetze was sworn in as the new member to replace Gary Landis, whose term expired in December.
In other business the board:
Approved Misty Gable head girls' track coach, Dawn Luedy head boys' track coach, Randy Ruggles varsity softball coach and Glen Morse varsity baseball coach.
Accepted a $5,000 grant from Fisher-Titus Medical Center for science education.
Learned middle school students collected 1,325 items for the Salvation Army food pantry and eight high school students assisted the organization with food baskets over the holidays.
Elected Don Race board president, Sharon McGrail vice president and set regular meeting times for 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month.