SCES principal to retire at end of school year
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
The principal at South Central Elementary School plans to retire at the end of the 2020-21 school year.
Sharon Mathes’ retirement was approved by the South Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees at its meeting last Tuesday night.
Mathes said it has been an honor that she doesn’t take lightly to serve the SHCSC through the years, both previously as a teacher and most recently as principal. She also presented her final board update on the current school year at SCES at the meeting.
With 324 students total, Mathes said her staff has made each decision this school year based around the question of “What’s best for the kids?”
The school currently has 22 students attending virtually, a number that has dropped from 60 in August.
Mathes said to battle the struggles that came with this year the school has implemented morning breathing strategies led by the school counselor, teachers have been provided additional coping strategies to guide students and the administration has worked to provide teachers with additional planning periods throughout the year.
“I am incredibly proud of the staff and teachers at SCES,” Mathes said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better team. I am going to miss seeing everyone once the year is over, but I am so proud to call them all family and leave knowing the students are safe and supported.”
Also at the meeting, Ashley Faith was approved as assistant principal at Corydon Central High School beginning with the 2021-22 school year. She will succeed Karen York, who is retiring at the end of this school year.
In other business, the board accepted the contract for the upcoming parking lot renovations at Corydon Intermediate School. Striegel Asphalt was awarded the job at $175,060 and will begin work this summer on the project.
Some sense of normalcy for students is beginning to find its footing again as the board was able to approve an upcoming overnight field trip for this year’s seniors to Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio.
Dr. Mark Eastridge, superintendent of SHCSC, noted that while the board did approve this trip, it will be pending his approval the closer it gets to the trip.
“I very much want things to get back to normal, especially for our students who have had to miss out on so much,” Eastridge said. “I am concerned about recommending overnight trips due to the possibility of spreading COVID, but I am also hesitant to say no as things are beginning to look up. At this point, everyone knows the risks associated with trips and the spread of the virus, and we will be able to make a more firm decision the closer the trip gets to happening.”
It was also noted that the Corydon Central High School girls’ basketball team was recognized by the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association for academic achievement for the 2020-21 season.
The school board’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at the corporate office in Corydon.