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LHS Principal Ryan going to Sellersburg

A resolution posted prior to the Nov. 15 meeting of the Lanesville Community School Corp. Board of Trustees drew a small but concerned audience in support of Lanesville Junior-Senior High School Principal Cathy Ryan. Ryan has since announced that she will be leaving Lanesville next month to take a position as assistant principal of Sellersburg Elementary School.
The resolution dealt with the cancelation or non-renewal of a teacher or administrative contract. It granted Supt. Mary Lou Nay the ability to send communications regarding such measures, effectively streamlining the termination process.
Several parents and teachers attended Thursday night’s meeting in support of Ryan, who they apparently thought would be targeted by the resolution. Unexplained, however, was how the conclusion between the resolution and Ryan’s contract was drawn.
Attorney Gordon Ingle was also in the audience that night. Ron Simpson resigned as the school’s attorney due to time constraints posed by his move to full-time prosecutor in January 2002. Ingle offered to take over the position with no stipend — the same arrangement Simpson worked under since Lanesville become a community school corporation in 1991.
The board approved Ingle that evening as the corporation’s attorney.
When concerned resident Ellen Bauman questioned the purpose of the resolution, Ingle asked if he could respond. He said the resolution authorized the superintendent to subpoena personnel to a public meeting of the school board as well as send certain notices. The resolution should have been in place a long time ago and is common in schools, Ingle said.
Ryan did not attend the meeting, and no motions were raised regarding her contract. Employee matters are not public, but resolutions cannot be passed in executive session. While discussion of employees can take place privately, board action must be taken in public.
Ryan, Nay and school board president Donnie Hussung and treasurer Charles Hambley could not be reached for comment yesterday.