Beaver new principal at South Central JSHS
By unanimous vote of the South Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees on Dec. 4, South Central Junior-Senior High School has a new principal, Steve Beaver.
Beaver, 55, previously was the principal at Bedford-North Lawrence High School, a position he held for one year, though he’d been assistant principal at BNL for 17-1/2 years. The graduate of Terre Haute North High School also taught at and coached seventh- and eighth-grade football, boys’ basketball and junior high track at Linton-Stockton and was the athletic director and assistant principal at Tipton Middle School.
Beaver graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington and earned his master’s from Indiana State University in Terre Haute. He recently married to wife Rita, and he has three children: Andrew, 27, a math teacher in Louisville; Tom, 21, a senior at Indiana University majoring in history, theatre and English; and Jill, 19, a student at IU Southeast who is looking to transfer to Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington to major in fine arts.
Beaver said his first week on the job went well and added that there wasn’t much difference from a school of 1,650 at Bedford to a school of about 350 at Elizabeth.
‘The issues a lot of times are the same, maybe proportionally not as much,’ Beaver said. ‘You have challenges for testing, attendance, graduation rates. The challenge is how do you work around those to work best for teachers and students to make the school better.
‘South Central is already a good school. My No. 1 goal is to take a good school and make it better,’ he said. ‘We want to be the standard goal for all schools. We want to increase our attendance rates, make the school better for students and the community.’
Beaver is still looking for a home in Harrison County. While making an 80-mile-a-day drive, he has discovered ‘ as many have ‘ there’s no easy way to get to Elizabeth from the Bedford area.
‘It’s part of the job until we can relocate. It’s not a drive that I dread because I’m coming to a great place,’ Beaver said. ‘The community, staff, faculty and students have been outstanding. I’ve never felt more welcome. I’m thrilled to be here, and it’s even better than I’d thought it’d be. I told Dr. Clark, if I could have built a school and hand-picked the community members and the school, I couldn’t have done a better job.’
Beaver succeeds Keith Marshall, who stepped down to pursue a corporation teaching job at Corydon Central Junior High School.
The meeting closed with board president Jeff Brown presenting Louisville Slugger baseball bats to several people, including Clark and Beaver. Brown, who lost his bid to serve another term on the school board, works at Hillerich & Bradsby in Louisville.