FULTON, Ind. (WISH) – The Maconaquah School District superintendent has resigned after he was previously charged with drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department and the school district.
James M. Callane, 53, of Peru, was previously charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and driving a vehicle while intoxicated, said the sheriff’s department. A report on the crash did not state a preliminary blood alcohol level. Certified results of a blood test that was administered are pending with the Indiana Department of Toxicology.
Deputies responded to the single-vehicle property damage crash around 4:50 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Fulton County Roads 100 West and 850 South. It’s just south of Fulton, a town of 300 in southern Fulton County, about a 105-minute drive north of downtown Indianapolis.
The sheriff’s department did not say what property was damaged in the crash.
Jail records show Callane was incarcerated at Fulton County Jail in Rochester and then released on his own recognizance.
Callane resigned on Sunday. He became superintendent in 2018.
News 8 has contacted the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office for court documents. Online court records did not show a case for Callane as of Tuesday night.
The Bunker Hill-based school district on social media did not explain Callane’s sudden departure when announcing a new acting superintendent Tuesday morning. Questions about the change of command in the South Miami County School District should be directed to Robert Dainethe school board president, says the post on social media.
“The Maconaquah School Corporation board appoints Kelly McPike as acting superintendent.
“On September 4, 2022, Maconaquah School Corporation Superintendent Dr. James Callane resigned from his position. The School Board is grateful to Dr. Callane for his many years of service to the Society and wishes him and his family well.
“Director of Student Services, Kelly McPike, will serve as interim superintendent. Ms. McPike brings 14 years of administrative leadership to Maconaquah Schools. The board knows and has confidence in his ability to lead our company.
“While the success of the Society relies on all of its employees and Board members, who are dedicated to providing the best possible education to our students, the Board recognizes the importance of a permanent superintendent position and will work quickly towards this solution.
“Any questions regarding this transition should be directed to the Chairman of the Board, Robert Daine.
Maconaquah Schools Facebook post at 8:23 a.m. September 6, 2022