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North Harrison starts search for superintendent

As they begin the search for a new superintendent, the board members of the North Harrison Community School Corp. are asking for input from the public.
‘We would like for the community to be somewhat involved,’ said Buddy Bosler, president of the five-member school board.
A survey is expected to be posted on the school corporation’s Web site ( that can be printed and completed. Bosler said that completed surveys should be mailed to the post office box number provided on the Web page. (As of yesterday afternoon, the survey was not yet available.)
The need for a superintendent arose when Monty Schneider announced his resignation, effective July 1, at the February board meeting. Schneider has 34 years of experience in the central office.
Bosler said officials from the Indiana Dept. of Education said the process of hiring a superintendent takes an average of 12 weeks.
Three applications were submitted for the position before the school corporation officially posted the opening, Bosler said.
Since then, the position has been listed on the state’s DOE Web site and flyers have been mailed to every school superintendent in Indiana. Bosler said flyers have also been sent in Kentucky.
‘We’re going to take applications through May 8,’ he said. ‘Our goal, if we get a quality candidate, is we’d like to have someone hired by July 1.’
The top position isn’t the only one the school trustees have to hire in the near future. Jon Howerton, principal at North Harrison Middle School, is also retiring at the end of the school year. Bosler said the board may have someone hired before the end of the school year.
On top of personnel hirings, the school corporation is preparing for the renovation of North Harrison Elementary School.
‘We’re getting the ground work ready for summer,’ Bosler said, when major work will get underway.
The project, which includes remodeling the existing classrooms and adding a second story to the building for additional classrooms, is expected to be completed in 2009.
At last month’s school board meeting, the school trustees:
‘ Learned there will be an emergency evacuation drill on Wednesday, April 18. Assistant Supt. Ken Oppel said the staff and students at all school buildings in the North Harrison Community School Corp. will participate in the drill (weather permitting) with personnel from several local and state agencies.
‘ Accepted resignations from Rebeka Gilley as a teacher’s assistant at Morgan Elementary effective March 2, JoAnna Allen as a library assistant at NHMS effective March 9, Ethan Maple as boys head soccer coach, Sara Sizemore and Lisa Hitner as cheer co-coaches at NHMS, Sandra Schmidt and Jill Murphy as sixth grade cheer co-coaches, Blake Snodgrass as eighth boys basketball coach and Craig Reed as seventh grade boys basketball coach.
‘ Approved appointments of Michelle (Shelly) Robertson as middle school girls track coach, Jessica Oehmann as an elementary teacher at NHES on a temporary contract, Kathy Kaiser as a cafeteria worker at MES, Dee McAfee as a middle school cheer coach and Beth Burson as a technology integration specialist.
‘ Approved a one-year leave of absence for Tonya Webb, who teaches at NHHS, during the 2007-08 school year.
‘ Awarded the lawn care contract for Morgan Elementary to Greenleaf Landscaping. Two other companies submitted bids for the work, but Greenleaf had the lowest bid, at $130, which was the same bid the company submitted last year.
‘ Agreed to accept several donations. One was $550 from Knights of Columbus to special-needs classes at NHHS for educational items used by students in response to a grant written by Pat Boggs. Seven others were grants from the Harrison County Community Foundation: $25,000 for bus security cameras and $12,500 for bus storage boxes, both written by Oppel; $2,553 for NHMS for Apple Smart items to be used by special-needs students, written by Jill Fitzgerald; $3,825 for MES and NHES for Camp Kindergarten, written by Kelly Churchill; $2,750 for security cameras at NHHS, written by Assistant Principal Doug Dodge; $2,261 for greenhouse tables at the high school, written by Nate Miller; and $4,000 to paint the trailers used by the marching band, written by NHHS Principal Kelly Simpson and the band boosters.
‘ Approved several policies for the school corporation. They include: Food Allergy Policy, Withdrawal From School Exit Interview and Form, Reporting of Threat or Intimidation Against a School Employee, Disclosure of Student Lists and Form, and Certificate of Incapacity and Form.
‘ Authorized Oppel to advertise for bids for fuel, cafeteria items and commodity items.