Hanover names Valpo resident as interim superintendent
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent February 22, 2013 11:47AM
Updated: March 23, 2013 6:28AM
CEDAR LAKE — Valparaiso resident James L. Thorne, a former Westville Schools superintendent, has been tapped as the new interim superintendent for the Hanover Community School Corp.
Thorne was named to the post in a special meeting Thursday. He will replace interim Superintendent Richard Cook who has been serving in the position since the resignation of Carol Kaiser. Kaiser had been superintendent since 2008.
Thorne will begin his new post in two weeks after providing notice to his current employer. He left Westville Schools in 2011.
School Board President Mary Joan Dickson said Thorne is a leader with a varied background in business and education. He served as both a teacher and assistant superintendent in the School City of Hobart where as a teacher he started the school system’s successful marketing program.
“We are excited to have him,” Dickson said.
Thorne is a Valparaiso resident who also has worked in various capacities for the Portage, Chesterton and Valparaiso school systems.
Dickson said school officials have the option of retaining Thorne permanently or beginning a search for a permanent replacement for Kaiser in May.
Kaiser was placed on paid administrative leave Dec. 10 following the board’s decision to fire former bookkeeper Jennifer Gricich. A resignation deal and severance package for Kaiser was approved by the board Dec. 28.