LES principal announces retirement
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
A long-time employee of Lanesville Community School Corp. recently submitted her resignation, effective the end of the 2020-21 school year.
Lisa Hammond, an employee at Lanesville for 33 years, with the last six years as elementary school principal, had the school board of trustees accept her resignation during its meeting last Tuesday evening.
In her resignation letter to the board, Hammond expressed that Lanesville was a large part of her heart and she will forever be grateful for her time spent with the school corporation.
“Lanesville is not just my place of employment, but a second home,” Hammond wrote. “Not only has this school had an effect on me, but it has impacted my whole family. The opportunity to work amongst some of the best teachers in the state is something that I will always be grateful for. Their dedication and commitment to our community is outstanding. My heart and soul will forever be a proud Lanesville Eagle.”
The board members each expressed their appreciation for Hammond and unanimously voted to approve her retirement.
Superintendent Steve Morris noted how remarkable it is for someone to spend 33 years with the same school district and said how thankful he is for all that Hammond has done through the years.
The board also accepted the resignation of Kathryn Greenwood, an elementary school teacher. Morris commended her desire to stay home as a mother and that at any moment he would happily accept her back as a teacher at Lanesville.
Personnel for spring sports were approved at the meeting, including Lauren Petty, junior high track co-ed coach; Michael Sizemore, girls’ varsity tennis coach; James Powers, girls’ assistant varsity tennis coach; Amy Graves, girls’ junior high tennis coach; and Roger Reynolds, varsity boys’ golf coach.
In Hammond’s school notes during the meeting, she said there are currently 52 children signed up to attend kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year. Because there is still time to sign up, Hammond noted Lanesville could be looking at a similar size as the current class, which is about 60 students.
Morris noted at the end of the meeting that this has been a tough school year all around and it was actually hard to believe that, when the students come back after spring break, there will only be 39 days of school left.
“I’m proud of our teachers and staff and students here,” Morris said. “We have handled everything thrown at us this year to the best of our ability in an unprecedented situation. There does seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel, and I am looking forward to that.”
The school board’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.