NH accepts Jones, Johnson resignations
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
The North Harrison Community School Corp. met Thursday, with the main topic being strategy for taking precautionary steps to make sure everyone is prepared for different scenarios that could arise due to COVID-19.
Superintendent Dr. Lance Richards said the school board is working hand in hand with the health department to make all decisions regarding when kids can return to school.
The board approved the resignation of Lisa Jones, the North Harrison Elementary School principal, which will be effective June 30. Richards noted Jones was someone he believed he could always rely on and was one to never back away from the plate.
All the board members voiced their sadness to see Jones leave but said it is a well-earned retirement.
“As any head of a building knows, there is so much stress on that person’s shoulders,” said Veronica Battista, the president of the board. “It is a tremendous responsibility that Lisa has soldiered so well. I don’t know how many days of the week people would drive by and see her at the school burning that midnight oil. I think it has shown in the achievement that that school has had. We wish her well. She deserves her retirement for sure.”
The board was also saddened to accept the resignation of North Harrison High School guidance counselor Danny Johnson.
Battista and fellow board member Steve Hanger voted one of their few “no” votes of their time on the board as a formal way to show their sadness for his leave. His resignation passed with a 3-2 vote.
“Danny is a man that can immediately grab your attention with a simple story,” board member Gregg Oppel said. “So, the fact that he could impact students the way he has doesn’t shock me one bit. He’s an amazing person and will be extremely missed in our school system.”
In other business, the board unanimously approved a PGC Key 5 basketball clinic for both coaches and boys and girls players in grades 7 to 12 on Aug. 14 and 15. The clinic will be free to attendees and feature multiple college coaches at the event.