FORTVILLE — For all of the budget issues the Mt. Vernon school corporation faces, its problems are less severe than those of Indianapolis Public Schools.
Jason Stewart is hoping for a calmer, but still successful, environment as he leaves Indianapolis Manual to take over the Mt. Vernon wrestling program.
Stewart was hired by the Marauders as their new wrestling coach, replacing Dan McKinney, who recently resigned.
The head coach at Manual the past 10 years, Stewart was Indianapolis Public School Athletic Conference Coach of the Year four times while guiding the Redskins to four IPSAC championships. Stewart was also named the 2010 IPS Winter Sports Coach of the Year.
Manual is one of four IPS schools taken over this year by private companies charged with improving poor attendance, test scores and other issues. Charter USA took over at Manual and Howe High Schools and Emma Donnan Middle School, while another company — Ed Power — is in charge of Arlington High Schools.
Even though Stewart will continue to teach at Manual for the time being, he won’t miss certain aspects of coaching at the school.
“It’s been a challenge the last two years in the inner-city, keeping kids out (for the team), keeping them interested,” said Stewart, who will be assisted with the Marauders by his brother, Kevin. “At Mt. Vernon — I assume — there’s more parental involvement and other obstacles you don’t have to overcome. Getting kids a ride to school, things like that.”