Madison man to head special ed cooperative
Dr. Paul Roahrig of Madison was approved as the interim director of the Harrison County Special Education Cooperative by the South Harrison Community School Corp. School Board during a short emergency meeting yesterday.
Beverly Garrison, a special education teacher at North Harrison High School, was named assistant director.
Both Roahrig and Garrison were approved by 6-0 votes. Board member Andy Eschbacher was not present.
Roahrig replaces Bill Miller as special education director. Miller had been the director since August 2000.
“I came out of retirement to take the position as interim director for at most a two-year period,” Roahrig said.
Roahrig, 57, said he had been in special education for 31 years and was a teacher and director in Madison and Johnson County for about 23 years.
“My philosophy on special education is to serve all kids including those with special needs,” Roahrig said.
Roahrig will begin immediately.
Garrison, 57, a special education teacher for 25 years and has worked in the North Harrison School system her entire teaching career, said she is very excited about her new position and will begin work today.
“This job will be a challenge, but I’m looking forward to it,” Garrison said. “I like challenges and changes.”
Garrison holds a specialist’s degree and is a doctoral candidate in school administration at the University of Louisville. She also has a director’s license in special education.
“We want kids in special education to maximize their potential and be productive just like you would with any child,” Garrison said, as she explained her philosophy of special education.
The Harrison County Special Education Cooperative serves about 1,200 children with special needs in the county’s three school systems.