August 21, 2018-According to a source, the School City of Hammond Board of Trustees has made extended an offer of employment to a superintendent candidate. The source stated that the candidates search was previously narrowed. None of this information has been shared with the public. The School Trustees put on a sham of a meeting wherein they shared some general information but did not provide any guidance as to what they were looking for in a candidate.
The source states that the new superintendent of the Hammond Public Schools will be Dr. Todd Cummings. Dr. Cummings currently serves as director of Human Resources for the South Bend Community School Corporation-a position he has held since June, 2017. Prior to that he served in various roles within the Fort Wayne Community School Corporation from 2007 to 2017 according to his LinkedIn profile. Dr. Cummings was Manager, System of Support (Performance) and Compensation in his most recent position with the Fort Wayne Schools.
The new Superintendent will assume the role on January 1, 2019, after the retirement of Dr. Walter Watkins. Dr. Watkins received an extension on his contract to December 31, 2018 after announcing his retirement earlier this year. The new Superintendent will take charge as the School Corporation moves into the building phase of the Hammond High School project after voters approved a $110M construction referendum and a $70M operating referendum.