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End of eras at South Harrison

The June 3 meeting of the South Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees at the Edmund (Ed) F. Schneider Administration Center marked the end of several eras.
As expected, the meeting was the final one for outgoing superintendent, Dr. Neyland Clark, who resigned after 17 years with the school corporation, and for the corporation’s director of technology ‘ and former South Central Junior-Senior High School principal ‘ Jim Crisp, whose resignation was accepted last month after 39 years of service.
But a surprise resignation on a late addition to the evening’s agenda was Corydon Central High School physical education teacher and varsity football coach Darin Ward.
Ward, who had a record of 60-27 at Corydon Central and guided the gridiron squad to its only sectional and regional title in 2011, was hired by the Greater Clark County School Corp. board that same night as head football coach at Mid-Southern Conference opponent Charlestown (Charlestown’s former coach, Jason Hawkins, accepted the same position a couple of weeks prior at another MSC school, Silver Creek).
To fill Ward’s position, former Perry Central coach and Hall of Famer Mike Spencer, who was an assistant under Ward the past two seasons, was immediately hired on a one-year contract.
‘With football camp starting up soon, we wanted to make sure we had a coach and give (Spencer) an opportunity to coach these kids since we are so late in the game,’ Clark said.
Also at the meeting, South Central athletic director Ryan Crick changed his contract from teacher/AD to teacher, with Regina Sue Lanham being accepted as assistant principal/athletic director. She also stepped down as 1/3 senior class sponsor, varsity boys’ cross country coach and junior high student council adviser and fills the vacancy left by former assistant principal, Karen Fleck, who resigned in May. Also resigning in May was the director of transportation, Steve Duley.
The board also agreed to award a contract to the lowest and best bidder in a latch-key program. There was only one bidder, Blue River Services Inc., which committed to a 1:15 teacher-to-student ratio at a cost of $35 per child per week.
In another matter, the board approved advertisement for bids for bread, milk and fuel for the 2014-15 school year.
To close the meeting, board president Mary Mathes thanked Clark for his service at South Harrison.
‘We are very blessed to have you serve for the past 17 years,’ Mathes said.
At the board’s May meeting, attendance for kindergarten round-up enrollment numbers were announced, with Corydon Elementary enrolling 125, Heth-Washington Elementary 18 (including 13 enrolled preschoolers), 22 at New Middletown Elementary (including 13 preschoolers) and 40 at South Central Elementary.
The board approved the transfer from Bose McKinney and Evans LLP to Lewis & Kappes for services of legal consultant and approved donations of $800 from Jimmy and Hyla Conrad to the Corydon Central track and field program and $1,000 from DePauw United Methodist Church to Fellowship of Christian Athletes at South Central for a field trip to the Creation Museum.
On May 13, Clark received an honorary degree from Ivy Tech during graduation ceremonies at Northside Christian Church in New Albany.