Roaden, 53, has been in education 31 years including 23 as a principal. He began with CSD in 2006 as Renfroe principal, spent 18 months as the system’s director of community relations, then opened the 4/5 Academy as principal in 2009. A native of Indianapolis, he has graduate and undergraduate degrees from Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) whose alums, he’s proud of pointing out, include David Letterman and “Papa John” Schnatter.
Edwards reorganized CSD’s central office two years ago, eliminating the associate superintendent position and created directorships for secondary education and elementary education (currently held by Mary Mack, another former CSD principal). Roaden realizes that structure could change when Edwards’ replacement is hired.