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Lanesville tabs Morris as new superin-tendent

Lanesville tabs Morris as new superin-tendent
Lanesville tabs Morris as new superin-tendent
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Jeffersonville High School principal Steve Morris was unanimously approved as the new superintendent of Lanesville Community School Corp. at the June 15 meeting of the corporation’s board of trustees at the Carl Uesseler Corporation Office.
Morris, who just completed his fourth year at Jeff, also will serve as principal of Lanesville Junior-Senior High School. He succeeds interim superintendent Sam Gardner, who will go back to retirement, and principal Janet Page, who is set to begin her new position as principal at New Albany High School.
Gardner said the corporation received about 35 or 36 applicants for the job and six candidates were interviewed. The cash-strapped school district will save about $35,000 a year with Morris serving the dual role, Gardner said.
‘We believed Steve’s experience in the area of professional education set him apart,’ Trustee Denzil McKim said. ‘He understands that teachers can’t just go in on their own, shut the door and do their own thing when it comes to teaching. Teachers need to share with one another, and he understands that there must be good communication to be successful. He stood head and shoulders above the other candidates.’
Morris, who officially starts the same date as Page’s final day (July 1), began his career as a teacher at Paoli High School in 1981 and also has experience in Kentucky and Texas. Morris was an assistant principal and principal at Clarksville High School from 1996 to 2006.
After accepting Morris as Gardner’s successor, board president Donnie Hussung thanked Gardner and Page for their hard work and dedication during their time at Lanesville.
‘It’s been wonderful to work here for the past three years,’ Gardner said. ‘I’ve worked with several school boards, and this is a great group to work with and get things done.’
A formal reception for the outgoing parties as well as Morris was to be held last night (Tuesday).
Prior to the administration change, discussions centered around a possible referendum to help the corporation deal with a $1.2 million budget shortfall spanning the next two years.
Gordon Ingle, the corporation’s legal counsel, noted new wording in state code that requires that a referendum must need approval of the county fiscal body (in this case, the county council), which would have to certify the question to the county election board. He said the referendum is required to be done either in May or in November, depending on when the locality’s municipal election is held.
‘I don’t think it’d be fair to rush this through,’ Hussung said, adding that he would like to have public input before pushing forward.
Trustee Robert (Bob) Schickel noted that due to the change in law and consideration for the public, the earliest a referendum could be put on the ballot is in November of next year and the earliest the system would see any money would be 2013.
In another matter, the board approved the rehiring of three paraprofessionals who help with special-needs students. Returning are Irene Kiesler, Shelia Conrad and Pam Johnson. They’ll be back on staff with beginning pay and no benefits, Gardner said.
The board also approved teacher contracts of Sandy Tyree, Robin Wolfe, David Henke and Bethany Miller for the summer enrichment program.