BY DENNIS BARTLOW
VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — The Southeast Fountain School District has a new superintendent who is familiar with the area.
Doug Allison, principal at Warren Central Elementary School in the Warren County Schools for four and a half years, replaces Corey Austin, who resigned in July.
Allison, who grew up in Rockville, Ind., was selected from among 11 candidates. Seven were interviewed by board members.
Allison said the proximity of Southeast Fountain attracted him to the position.
"We love the area," Allison said Tuesday. "We didn’t want to relocate."
Allison said that after a two-hour interview with the school board, he thought it was a "good fit."
Bob Brower, retired superintendent at North Montgomery, who has served as interim superintendent at Southeast Fountain, said that Allison quickly rose to the top of the list of candidates with the school board.
"He has the enthusiasm for the job and good people skills," Brower said. "He has vast experience. I think (Southeast Fountain) is very lucky to get him."
Allison graduated from Rockville High School and went to the University of Southern Indiana, where he played baseball. He graduated from there in 1999. He has his master’s degree from Olivet Nazarene University and administration and educational specialist degrees from Indiana State University.
After graduating from USI, he went to Warren Central Elementary School as a fifth-grade teacher and baseball coach at Seeger Memorial High School. He was principal at South Newton Middle School two years before returning to the principal position at Warren Central.