Assistant superintendent departing District 117

By Jim McCabe on February 13 at 1:01pm

Carol Kilver

Jacksonville’s school district is losing one of its top administrators.

The Lafayette School District board of education in Lafayette, Indiana, approved the hiring of District 117 Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Carol Kilver at its meeting Monday night.

Kilver will serve a similar role as Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Curriculum. At District 117, her work has specifically focused on Title I, the English language learner and homeless liaison programs, federal and state grants, special education, assessment testing, professional development and more.

Kilver believes the district is in a good place as she gets set for her last day, which will be February 28th.

“With the momentum, with the facilities vision, I also feel that financially, the district has stabilized, and I feel like there are great opportunities as far as curriculum growth. There’s always work to be done, there’s always more to be done,” says Kilver.

“I think the thing I could say I am most pleased with is the opportunities that we’ve had to provide stronger instruction for students and looking at the classroom and having students work through rigorous curriculum, have them look at their own data and their own growth, having students be able to talk about what it is they’re learning and what their goals are,” she continues.

Kilver adds she’s also happy that there have been good discussions in the district about making sure under-resourced students are being served.

The recommendation to hire Kilver was made by Lafayette superintendent Les Huddle, who was previously the top administrator at District 117. Kilver says she’s maintained a connection with Huddle since his departure.

“When you look at the world of education and you look at the network of individuals that you work with, you always look at the match. You look at the organization, you look at what the organization needs; who has the skill set and if there is a match, and that plays a lot into the role of education because every organization is a little bit different, and their needs are different and what they’re working on at a given time,” explains Kilver.

“So, it’s important to find the match and the skill set for what is needed. A lot of the things and the work that I’ve done here are some of the things that I’ll be doing out there as well.”

Kilver’s tentative start date at Lafayette will be May 1st of this year. Superintendent Steve Ptacek says the District 117 school board will vote on the acceptance of her resignation at its meeting next week.

“We are going to appoint an interim at the next school board meeting. That’s a quick fix to get through our ISAT testing and our PARCC testing and a lot of other end-of-the-year jobs that Ms. Kilver had,” says Ptacek. “From there, then we’ll have to sit and kind of regroup about what we’re going to do for next year.”

Kilver has spent 18 years at District 117 as a classroom teacher, an assistant principal at Turner Junior High School, and for the last seven years as assistant superintendent. She previously spent five years at the Scott-Morgan School District.