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Pride named District IV Superintendent of the Year

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Former TC schools chief recently retired

By The Staff

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents recently announced that former Tell City resident and recently retired North Putnam Community School Corp. Superintendent Murray Pride has been named the District IV Superintendent of the Year.

Superintendents in each of the eight IAPSS districts nominate and elect a district superintendent of the year based on qualifications and professional accomplishments.

This marks the third time during his 15-year career at North Putnam that Pride has been so honored, having also received the award in 2003 and 2007.

Pride served as the North Putnam superintendent from September 1994 until his retirement June 30 of this year.

He has been actively involved with the association since first becoming superintendent in Tell City in 1990.

At various times during his career he served three terms on the IAPSS Executive Committee. In addition he was a member of the organization's Legislative Committee for three terms, having served twice as chair. He also served as a member of the State Superintendent's Advisory Committee, and just before his retirement was named the  chair of the newly formed Communications Committee.

Pride is actively involved in his church and the Putnam County community, having served on several advisory boards and committees.

He is currently serving as a member of the Greencastle-Putnam County Economic Development Council and as the president of the Rotary Club of Greencastle.

He served the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp. for 23 years as a teacher, coach and administrator. He left the Tell City schools in 1992 to accept the position of Child Services Coordinator for Southwestern Indiana with the Indiana Department of Education, Division of Special Education.

While residing in Tell City with his wife Sara, and two children, Paige and Chip, Pride was a member and chair of the St. Paul Catholic Church Parish Pastoral Council, member and president of the Optimist Club and served on the board of directors of the United Way.

Both Paige and Chip graduated from Tell City High School.