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Partenheimer picked to lead Lanesville schools

Partenheimer picked to lead Lanesville schools
Partenheimer picked to lead Lanesville schools
Dr. Phil Partenheimer

Dr. Phil Partenheimer is having the kind of year that would make Tiger Woods jealous.
Partenheimer became principal of Lanesville Junior-Senior High School the first day of the year, finished his doctorate in May, graduated in the same ceremony as his daughter, Michelle, from the University of Louisville, and has now been approved to become Lanesville’s third superintendent of schools, replacing Dr. Mary Lou Nay, effective July 1.
Nay resigned in April to take a job as head of a new educational program in Brown County.
The five-member Lanesville Community School Corp. Board of Trustees voted 5-0 to approve Partenheimer for the superintendent’s position during a special meeting Monday evening. Partenheimer and the board signed the minimum, state-required, three-year contract.
Partenheimer, 53, in his 29th year of teaching, says his recent good luck is the result of a lot of preparation and hard work. Getting his doctoral degree was a five-year process, begun in 1997, after his daughter graduated from high school.
“I knew I’d have to take six hours of classes every five years to keep my teaching license and that would mean about 24 hours over the years,” Partenheimer said. “I always wanted to get my doctorate, so I looked into doing it at Indiana University in Bloomington where I got my bachelor’s and master’s, but that didn’t work out, so I did it at the University of Louisville, which is only 15 minutes from my home in Jeffersonville.”
His doctoral dissertation was about recruiting assistant principals.
As part of the doctoral process, Partenheimer obtained his school superintendent’s license two years ago and an education specialist’s degree, which is between a master’s and a doctorate.
While Partenheimer has only been at Lanesville for a short time, the Indiana native is well known in Southern Indiana as a teacher, coach, counselor and assistant principal.
He has worked at North Harrison and Clarksville high schools, South Central and Eastern junior high schools and began his career in the early 70s at Thacker Avenue Elementary School in Kissimmee, Fla.
Partenheimer says he enjoys Lanesville because it is a school where all the people, from the students to the school board members, are very friendly and the school is a community school.
“I’m fortunate to be in a school where men like Carl Uesseler and Jerry Reinhardt set the stage,” Partenheimer said. “I also like that the Lanesville schools didn’t have to consolidate and kept its own identity.”
Partenheimer’s wife, Anne, is an occupational nurse at the Gardiner Lane Post Office in Louisville. They have two daughters: Jennifer Berrong, a teacher at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Clark County, and Michelle, a dental hygienist. His son, David, will begin student teaching this fall to complete his elementary education license.

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