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CIS gym to be named for former teacher, coach

There’s no way to know how many lives the late Gary K. Haub touched before his life ended in 2012 at age 65.
The teacher and basketball coach ‘ known for introducing ‘Math Man’ and ‘Caz’ to his students ‘ taught for nearly 40 years in the South Harrison Community School Corp. Haub also invented a basketball shooting aid that attached to the wrist and helped users to develop a proper follow-through on their shot. His innovation in the classroom knew few boundaries, as he would often flash the lights in his room and turn on a disco ball and shouting ‘Let’s get ready to rumble!’ prior to giving his students tests.
Haub’s legacy on the hardwood as a teacher and basketball coach will live on perpetually, thanks to a resolution announced at the Nov. 3 meeting of the South Harrison Community School Corp. school board.
Part of the resolution that Supt. Dr. Mark Eastridge shared with the board and audience reads Haub’s 36 years of dedication and service to the students of SHCSC was ‘a positive influence upon countless students and athletes which he mentored and served … ‘
‘Be it additionally resolved that a public remembrance and recognition by South Harrison Community School Corp. be given from the board of school trustees, the school administration and the school community for the strong legacy of Gary K. Haub. His commitment to the development of an environment which nurtures and reinforces the success of students as well as all people served by the corporation will continue in the lives of the students to which he was so dedicated.’
Eastridge said the corporation plans to have a dedication ceremony to rename the Corydon Intermediate School gymnasium ‘Gary K. Haub Gymnasium’ on Dec. 3 at CIS for the boys’ basketball game between Corydon Central and North Harrison.
One of the final matters of the evening was a public hearing on a pay increase for Eastridge.
Though the amount is $6,000, half is actually a pay increase, with the other half going toward an adjustment in Eastridge’s insurance.
During the hearing, a woman ‘ who only identified herself as a parent ‘ asked why there were not sufficient funds for an increase in teacher pay but there was enough for Eastridge’s raise.
Board president Mary Mathes explained the $6,000 split, then said prior to the increase Eastridge was making $18,000 a year less than the former superintendent, Dr. Neyland Clark, and noted that coming up with the funds for a $3,000 a year pay increase was far easier than the approximately $120,000 a year it would cost for a pay increase across the board for teachers.
‘The board’s responsibility is to negotiate a contract with teachers and we have done that,’ Mathes said. ‘If you are not happy with a raise for teachers, that it was not across the board, then you need to talk to your association. Your teachers chose how to divide the money.’
The board will vote on the matter at its Dec. 1 meeting.
Early in the meeting, the South Central Junior-Senior High School staff gave a presentation for the board about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and PLTW (Project Lead The Way) educational projects underway at the school.