Gremaux elected next East Noble Superintendent | News So
KENDALLVILLE – East Noble’s new Superintendent has lived in Noble County for six years, but now she brings her teaching skills closer to home too.
On Monday, the school board announced Teresa Gremaux as East Noble’s next superintendent, the culmination of a search launched after former superintendent Ann Linson announced her resignation in March.
Rome City’s Gremaux is making her third superintendent stop in the last six years when she takes over the helm of East Noble.
She began serving on the district leadership of North White School Corp. for four years. in White County, rural northwest Indiana, before she left that position at the end of the 2019 school year. She then moved to the Manchester Community, where she headed the North Manchester district for the past two years.
She commuted back and forth between her home and work for about an hour, and when the position opened in East Noble was a shorter drive time combined with a chance to take on an excellent district like East Noble and to her roots in the northeast of Returning to Indiana is all too good to miss a lot, Gremaux said after Monday’s meeting.
East Noble is a step up from these two smaller school districts. With around 3,500 students, East Noble is significantly larger than Manchester Community with around 1,400 students and North White with around 850.
But Gremaux is no stranger to larger counties either, as she began her career at the East Allen County Schools.
Gremaux was an elementary school teacher at Southwick Elementary School in Fort Wayne for five years before becoming director there for six years. The district then asked her to take on a role as headmistress at Paul Harding Junior High School, where she helped turn the building around.
“They were really having problems and asked me to go and see if I could do something about their results,” said Gremaux. “We went from F to B in two years so I was really excited.”
At the time, she was pursuing her doctorate and superintendent license with no real plans to join the district leadership, but life soon took her west to North White before returning here to Kendallville.
She graduated from Bluffton High School and her family lives mostly in Fort Wayne, the northeast corner and south of Michigan, so she is returning to deep roots in the area.
Gremaux said she was a great contributor. As she fits into the new role, she wants to team up with other administrators to get their input and get a real feel for where East Noble is right now and where it might go in the near future.
“I’m a great contributor and I don’t feel like this is something I’m going to bring, this is something we will all discover together,” she said. “I know a lot, but I don’t know all that is going on.”
The school board ratified their three-year contract with Gremaux 5-0 on Monday evening and banned them until June 30, 2024. Board members Jen Blackman and Dave Pine were absent.
The base salary in the new contract is $ 128,000 for 260 work days. This includes the paid leisure allowance for 20 days of vacation, 11 days of sickness and three personal days.
The base salary is slightly lower than what Linson paid on her last contract, which was $ 135,000 a year.
Other benefits in the proposed contract include health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, a 2% pension as all certified employees receive, an additional pension of $ 5,000, contributions to the teacher pension fund of 8.5% base salary, vehicle allowance, kilometers for journeys 200 miles for selected purposes and a mobile phone issued by the school.
These benefits are all broadly similar to those Linson received as Operations Manager, with a $ 2,000 increase in the value of the Supplementary Pension and a $ 1,200 increase in the Motor Vehicle Allowance.
The total value of these additional benefits is just under $ 33,000 per year, making a total compensation package of approximately $ 161,000 per year.
School board president Brent Durbin said the district interviewed 13 candidates and conducted four interviews in the second round before selecting Gremaux. The pool of candidates was all “very well qualified,” but the board members ultimately chose the leader of the Manchester Community.
Durbin said he hopes Gremaux will continue a trend of innovation at the school, as Linson did during her 11-year tenure.
“She has a really strong background with STEM and STEAM with her current schools,” said Durbin. “She brought innovation just like Superintendent Linson.
“I expect her to bring the same, if not more, to keep this going,” said Durbin.