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NH taps 2 new principals

NH taps 2 new principals NH taps 2 new principals
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

The North Harrison Community School Corp. met Thursday evening at North Harrison Middle School for its monthly board meeting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this was the first time the school trustees had met in person since their March 12 meeting. Many of the board members remarked that it was a breath of fresh air to be together again while still maintaining social-distancing guidelines.

Two new principals were appointed for the 2020-21 school year. Kent Rentschler will succeed Lisa Jones as principal at North Harrison Elementary School, and Tammy Zabel-Morgan will lead the team at Morgan Elementary School as Megan Reynolds, the principal there since 2013, moves to the special education facilitator and curriculum coordinator position for the elementary schools.

Also, former Corydon Central boys’ basketball coach Jamie Kolkmeier was appointed to the eighth-grade math teacher position.

The board approved a partnership between North Harrison and Always First Driving Academy in order for a driver’s education course to be offered throughout the summer to high school students. Always First Driving Academy is based in Clarksville.

Rentschler has worked with Always First to make this partnership possible and explained that Always First will have protocols in place to ensure the safety of its program during the pandemic.

“Always First will work with one student at a time for an hour each,” Rentschler said. “After each student, the car will be shut down for a half hour in order for the team to properly disinfect and clean the car for the next student. All the book work will be done online.”

Policies 6,000 through 8,900 were presented to the board for their first reading and will be scheduled for the second reading and adoption at the June meeting. The board also approved to advertise Bus 32 as surplus.

Superintendent Dr. Lance Richards noted the last week of the grab-and-go meals will take place this week. He said that helping with the program has been such a joy for him during this time as he is able to see the students and interact with the families from a distance for a brief amount of time.

Steve Hatton, assistant superintendent for North Harrison schools, gave high praise for how the entire team of board members, teachers and personnel have handled this unprecedented time.

“You know, it’s easy to talk about how great things are when everything is going good and there aren’t many issues coming up,” Hatton said, “but it’s during times like this, with all odds against everyone, that shows you the real corporation you work for. I am so happy to be a part of North Harrison during this time.”

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 11, at 7 p.m.