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LES counselor named principal

Lanesville Elementary School counselor and former physical education teacher Marsha Himmelhaver has been named acting principal, succeeding Tim Bridges, who has decided to return to teaching this fall.
Born and reared in Lanesville, Himmelhaver has been with the school since she earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education at Indiana University in Bloomington in 1973.
Ready for a change, she saw her opportunity when Bridges resigned. “When interviewed, I was asked what my plans were for the next five years. I said, I will either be a counselor at Lanesville Elementary or a principal at Lanesville Elementary,” Himmelhaver said.
Himmelhaver lives in New Albany with her husband, Dan, and has two daughters: Danielle, a freshman in the School of Pharmacy at Purdue, and Megan, a junior at Providence.
The school board approved Himmelhaver, contingent on her earning principal leadership certification after two years. She has also earned a master’s degree in education and a master’s degree in counseling, both from Indiana University Southeast.
In other Lanesville schools business:
• Lanesville Junior-Senior High School will implement a new schedule that allows for an early and late lunch period. The four-minute passing period was removed from the proposed schedule.
• Lanesville has hired two new special education teachers: Mary Jackson, 55, who grew up in Corydon but lived 42 years in the suburbs of Chicago and has extensive experience, mostly in parochial schools, and Megan Martin, 21, of Corydon, who will become fully certified next year.
The positions were opened when Lindsay Davis moved to a fifth grade elementary teaching position, and the school took over a cooperative position formerly contracted through the South Harrison Community School Corp. The position was held by Mark Carl, recently approved by South Harrison as a teacher for the emotionally disabled.
• Elementary fees, which include book rental and any other fees passed on to parents, will be $20 to $30 cheaper than previous years. This savings was accomplished primarily through the use of fewer consumable books — workbooks that are disposed of after use rather than passed on to upcoming classes.
Teachers will copy the workbook pages that their students need. The result is that the corporation will likely pick up some of the cost.
• Students will no longer be able to run a tab in the school cafeteria. Students formerly had a line of credit allowing them to owe up to $25 for lunch and breakfast. Now, students who cannot purchase lunch without acquiring a negative balance will be given a sandwich and apple.