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Mayor In Running For School Superintendent Job

Posted On March 03, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Branden Roeder, Mayor of Rising Sun.

Branden Roeder, Mayor of Rising Sun.

(Rising Sun, Ind.) – Rising Sun’s mayor could soon become Rising Sun’s school superintendent, too.

Mayor Branden Roeder told Eagle 99.3 Monday that he is among three people in consideration for the position of superintendent of Rising Sun-Ohio County Community Schools. He did not name the other two candidates.

Current school district superintendent Steve Patz is retiring at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Patz announced his intention last June.

Roeder, 32, noted that there has been no official decision from the Rising Sun-Ohio County Community Schools Board of Trustees yet and a contract has not been signed. If he does get offered and accepts the job, would he stay on as mayor?

“That’s the million dollar question,” Roeder said. “Right now it is up in the air. The superintendent job wouldn’t start until July 1st, so I think I would have until then to make a decision.”

Legally, a person could be mayor and superintendent at the same time, Roeder said. However, whether he would be able to dedicate the time needed for each role would influence his decision.

The school board will meet Tuesday, March 4 at 4:00 p.m. in the school administration building, 110 Henrietta Street, to discuss specifics of the proposed superintendent contract and hear public comment. Roeder said he expects the school board to announce their decision at the next regular meeting on Tuesday, March 11.

If he does become superintendent, Branden Roeder wouldn’t be the first in his family. Grandfather John Roeder is a past superintendent of Rising Sun-Ohio County Schools. His uncle, also named John Roeder, formerly served as the superintendent of Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools.

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