Goller, Haake, Hauswald seek seat on SH board
An incumbent school board veteran, a retired educator, and a new voice are vying for one open seat on the Board of Education at the South Harrison Community School Corp.
The new voice belongs to Thomas Goller, 42, husband of Denise Goller, a third grade teacher at Corydon Elementary School. This is his second campaign. Goller ran for school board unsuccessfully two years ago.
‘I believe I can make a difference,’ said Goller, a retired Army National Guardsman with 20 years of service.
The other two candidates are incumbent Sue Haake and recently retired sixth grade teacher Larry Hauswald.
At the Indiana Military Academy, Goller made the Commandant’s List for Academic Excellence. He also received the Indiana Military Accommodation Award for service above and beyond the call of duty.
In the National Guard, Goller climbed to second in command of a mortar platoon. He was recently endorsed by the Community Alliance of South Harrison Leaders, a group of teachers, parents and business leaders in the community.
Goller’s eldest son, Thomas Jr., graduated from Corydon Central High School this year. Goller has been involved in band at CCHS during the last three years. His other son, Brayton, and daughter, Mariya, are both band members.
The biggest issues facing trustees during the upcoming term are ‘falling test scores and what I see as a dependency on the ICAN program that the school system has totally adopted, which is failing,’ he said.
Incumbent Sue Haake has been on the board since 1993. She was secretary from 1993 through 1998 and president in 1999, 2000 and 2003. She also served two years on the Indiana School Board Association’s legislative committee.
Haake said she hopes to be re-elected for one more term, her fourth consecutive, so she can see the Corydon campus renovation and expansion project through.
A divorced mother of three, Haake’s two daughters, Amy and Elizabeth, are both Indiana University graduates. Her son is a senior at CCHS.
Haake, 54, is a graduate of Indiana University where she double-majored in English and history and earned a master’s degree in English. She is currently the Adult Outreach coordinator at Harrison County Public Library in Corydon.
During her tenure ‘there are a lot of things that I’ve been proud of, but it’s always been a group effort, nothing I can individually take credit for,’ she said.
Among the board’s biggest accomplishments during that time were ‘getting all the schools renovated, except the Corydon campus, which we’re doing now, improved the curriculum, kept classes small, and stayed in the black. We had to cut some programs, but we were able to bring those back,’ she said.
During the upcoming term she said she would like to maintain the schools’ strengths while staying within the budget. ‘That includes class size, quality teachers and programs,’ she said.
Larry Hauswald, 60, taught every sixth grader who passed through Corydon Middle School from 1967 through the spring of 2003 with the exception of a few who went to the junior high due to overcrowding.
Hauswald retired after 36-1/2 years of teaching science and 33 years of coaching sixth-grade basketball. He was the driving force behind the sixth-grade spring camping trip ‘ a multi-day educational field trip to Wyandotte Woods in Harrison-Crawford/Wyandotte Complex.
One factor in Hauswald’s choice of career was it could be complemented with farming. He has continued to farm in retirement and wants also to continue to be involved in education.
Hauswald is a graduate of Corydon Central High School, has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville and a master’s degree from Indiana University.
He and his wife, Carol, have two children: Jill Drury, a Purdue University graduate and a medical technician, and Jeff Hauswald, the new principal at South Central Elementary School.
‘I thought near the end of my teaching career that I could do something to pay back the teachers and administrators who supported me all those years,’ Hauswald said.
Among big issues on his mind are ‘of course teacher contracts, money and budgets. I feel like there is no reason why our teachers shouldn’t have a contract,’ he said.
Also among his concerns is meeting the educational needs of an increasingly diverse student population.