Zionsville Community Schools is losing a longtime employee on Saturday, March 27.

After working for ZCS for the past 35 years in a variety of roles, ZCS Operations Director Charles “Charlie” Jones, who describes himself as “60 years young,” will be moving on to a new job. On April 5, he will become director of facilities for Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky.

“I was looking for a new challenge,” Jones said. “I’ve been in Zionsville a long time and done many different things. This was a great new opportunity, and I’m looking forward to it.”

In his time at ZCS, Jones has been a high school teacher, middle school teacher, head basketball coach, coach for football, track and baseball, middle school athletic director, middle school assistant principal, middle school director of student services and transportation and facilities director. Among his many duties, Jones supervised the transportation, maintenance and food service operations for the schools, as well as being the liaison between ZCS and construction companies, including the ongoing athletic facilities projects at Mulberry Street and County Road 875 East.

“Zionsville is a very good school system,” he said. “I have enjoyed serving the students, parents and staff from the very beginning.”

Jones will have to deal with 65 buildings and approximately 200 acres at WKU, which has a student enrollment of more than 20,000 students. Jones said a big part of his job in the remaining two weeks in Zionsville will be to ensure that ZCS has a smooth transition in his absence.

ZCS Superintendent Scott Robison doesn’t like seeing Jones go, but understands what a great opportunity the new job is for him.

“It’s a great move for him,” he said. “But it’s a big loss. He was just a really, really valuable resource to us.”

Robison said that Jones’ position will not be replaced, as ZCS and other Indiana schools battle with decreased funding.

“We are all doing things out of our lanes and making do,” Robison said. “It’s tough and stressful.”

Zionsville Street Superintendent Lance Lantz worked with Jones regularly on transportation and construction matters.

“He was a real asset to the schools,” Lantz said. “It was a priority for him to maintain communication with the town on school projects, and he was great to work with. I wish him the best of luck. They (WKU) will be the better for it.”

Jones said he will miss Zionsville.

“There are lots of great people in Zionsville, and I wish them all the best,” he said. “I fully intend to stay connected, and I have lots of friends here.”

ZCS will be have a going-away reception for Jones at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, at the Educational Services Center, 900 Mulberry St.

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