Aspen School District Superintendent John Maloy is no longer considering a new job in the Midwest, he said Wednesday.
Maloy, who has been with the local school district for five years, and for two as superintendent, was considering a move to be closer to his aging parents, who live in northern Indiana. He had applied for superintendent jobs with two school districts in Michigan, and was one of five finalists for the top job with Birmingham Public Schools. While he was not among the final two candidates for the Birmingham post, Maloy told a search firm that was helping him look for jobs in the region that he is “no longer interested at this point after further deliberation.”
Maloy said that there are “a number of issues still on the table” in Aspen that require his presence, and continuity of leadership. Among them are helping a newly hired high school principal transition into the job.
“In many ways I have a responsibility to that new hire,” Maloy said. “We have not had continuity at that position for a long time; I want to be there to help in the transition.”
He also mentioned a number of statewide education reform initiatives that he wants to continue working on, such as “educator effectiveness,” and new student testing standards.
“There’s a lot of heavy lifting to be done,” Maloy said. He added that he loves living in the area and working with the Aspen schools staff.
Maloy said he will find ways to travel back to Indiana more frequently, to attend to any family issues that may arise.