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Apple hired by Lanesville schools

Virtual graduation Friday
Apple hired by Lanesville schools Apple hired by Lanesville schools
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

The Lanesville Community School Corp. met twice last week, once for its regularly scheduled meeting, on May 19, and again on Friday to appoint the new athletic director and assistant principal for Lanesville Junior-Senior High School.

The board unanimously approved Dr. Ryan Apple for the positions.

Apple is not new to the area, as he grew up in Crawford County then moved to Corydon when he was in the seventh grade. He graduated from Corydon Central High School and Indiana State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Master of Education degrees. He then received his doctorate from the University of the Cumberlands.

Previously, Apple served as assistant principal for New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. and is looking forward to his time with Lanesville and the community.

“Ryan is bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience,” Steve Morris, superintendent of Lanesville schools, said. “I am so excited to welcome both he and his family to our team and community.”

At its meeting on May 19, the board approved fall sport coaches and commended its staff on handling eLearning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Morris also noted that the virtual graduation for the class of 2020 will be streamed on Lanesville’s YouTube channel Friday, May 29, at 7 p.m. He said a link will be sent out via social media so the public can watch. He said the live graduation is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8, at 4 p.m.

Lanesville Elementary School enrollment is at 76 new students for the year, 68 of which are kindergartners. This brings the number of students up by 11 from the 2019-20 school year.

The board also approved the retirement of Jeff Hammond, saying he would be extremely missed as an asset to the Lanesville community.

“Jeff exceptionally walked the fine line of expecting academic excellence from the students, but also knowing what it was like to be a kid,” board member Margaret Meyer said. “It’s definitely going to be hard to see him go.”

Now that grades are complete for the 2019-20 school year, Morris said many people are beginning to wonder what the 2020-21 school year will look like. He said it is going to be an ever-changing decision.

“Everything about next year is a fluid situation currently,” he said. “I would definitely prefer to not have to go back to eLearning in the fall, but we are at least more readily prepared for whatever will be thrown our way.”

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16.