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McDermott resigns at South Central

In a meeting that lasted just under an hour, the South Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of South Central Elementary School Principal Laura McDermott among other personnel changes, considered changing its temp agency and opened bids for propane gas, milk and bread at the July 6 meeting at the Edmund (Ed) F. Schneider Administrative Center.
McDermott taught for seven years at SCES, including kindergarten, first, second, fifth and sixth grades, before moving on to Rykers Ridge Elementary School in Madison. She returned to Harrison County as principal of Corydon Elementary School in 2003, then transferred to SCES in May 2006. She was honored in 2007 for being one of five ‘Educators of the Year’ by the Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County’s Excellence in Education Celebration, and earlier this year she received a $2,500 Forrest E. Conner scholarship for being one of the top administrators in the country at the American Association of School Administrators’ national conference in Phoenix.
McDermott is expected to be appointed tonight (Wednesday) as the principal of an elementary school in Frankfort.
In their public comments portion of the meeting, several board trustees thanked McDermott.
‘I would like to thank Laura McDermott for her years of service to the district,’ Superintendent Dr. Neyland Clark said.
While there was discussion during budget hearings several months ago to share a principal between New Middletown and Heth-Washington Elementary schools, Clark said McDermott’s departure doesn’t mean that avenue will be pursued.
‘We will definitely be staffing our schools with their respectful principals,’ Clark said.
Regarding its temp agency, Carolyn Wallace, director of Business Operations, said that Kelly Services has reduced its rate to the tune of a $16,000 savings. Based on its new rate and utilization figures from last year, the corporation would save about $28,000.
After board discussion several months ago, the corporation considered changing its temp agency. Professional Education Services Group, which is the largest educational employment service in the Great Lakes region, is being considered as a replacement. It is new to Indiana, with Greater Clark County Schools being the first in the Hoosier state to use PESG.
On Wallace’s suggestion, the board agreed to continue to use Kelly Services and take a wait-and-see approach to see how PESG works in the Greater Clark system.
Earlier, the board took several bids under advisement.
For propane, the bids were as follows: transport load, $1.1865 from Hilltop Gas, $1.3679 from Silgas, and $1.245 from Ferrellgas; bobtail load, $1.2865 from Hilltop Gas, $1.4029 from Silgas, and $1.503 from Ferrellgas.
For milk, white milk bids were for 19.9 cents from Goldrenrod and 24.5 cents from Prairie Farms. Other milk prices were close to the same amount and difference.
For bread, hamburger buns were 95 cents from Hostess and $1.05 from Sara Lee. Other bread prices had variations that had to be considered.
Gasoline and diesel fuel bids were to be opened, but there were no bids submitted by the due date.
The board also heard a presentation from New Middletown Elementary School Principal Sharon Mathes and four campers about Camp Invention. She said 61 students took part in the camp this year, with 58 being from South Harrison’s school system. Of those, 35 students were female and 26 were male.

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