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Lanesville’s top school administrator plans to retire

Lanesville’s top school administrator plans to retire Lanesville’s top school administrator plans to retire
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

After 11 years serving as the Lanesville Community School Corp. superintendent and high school principal, Steve Morris announced his retirement at the most recent board of trustees’ meeting last Tuesday evening.

Morris will retire from the principal role at the end of the school year but continue to serve in the superintendent role until the end of the first semester, which will be Dec. 21.

With that announcement will come administrative role changes. As Morris has served in a dual role of Lanesville Junior-Senior High School principal and school corporation superintendent, the two positions will now be separated for the time being.

After announcing his retirement, Morris recommended the board approve Dr. Ryan Apple, the current vice principal and athletic director at Lanesville Junior-Senior High School, to succeed him as principal.

Apple was hired for his positions in May 2020 after leaving New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. as the assistant principal there.

The board agreed unanimously to approve Apple as the new junior-senior high school principal beginning in the fall of this year.

Because of Apple’s switch in roles, the corporation is now seeking an athletic director to take over that position. The board will also begin the search for an interim superintendent who will fill Morris’ shoes at the start of 2022.

Morris also mentioned the board of trustees has begun its search for an elementary school principal as current principal Lisa Hammond announced her retirement at a prior meeting.

In other business, the board approved the retirement of long-time cafeteria worker Brenda Schneider. Morris noted Schneider has worked for Lanesville since 1989 and it will be a hard adjustment for many to not see her face each day at the school.

The board also approved volleyball coaches for the 2021-22 season: Shelby Barr, eighth-grade; Kate Acton, seventh-grade; and Sarina Belden, volunteer help for junior high and high school teams.

While many students had to miss out on the normalcy of school events last year, the board and administration at Lanesville are working to make sure that doesn’t happen this year.

The academic banquet that is hosted annually will be Friday as an academic assembly and will not have guests attend.

Lanesville’s prom will be Saturday at the Sporting Club at the Farm in New Albany.

Also, Morris said the administration is preparing for both an indoor or outdoor graduation ceremony, depending on COVID-19 restrictions and weather. Graduation is set for Friday, May 28.

The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 18, at 5:30 p.m.