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2 hired for SH’s director of curriculum position

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2 hired for SH’s director of curriculum position 2 hired for SH’s director of curriculum position
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]

The South Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Trustees was excited to welcome two women into corporation positions at the May meeting last Tuesday evening. Diane Owen and Allison Schalk will take over as director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, which has now been separated into two positions.

The position has been held by Tami Geltmaker, who submitted her resignation for retirement purposes at the board’s February meeting.

With the position now being split into two, Owen will spearhead it on the secondary schooling front and Schalk in the elementary arena.

Dr. Mark Eastridge, superintendent of South Harrison schools, noted there were numerous reasons for splitting the position, ranging from expansion of duties to the fear of learning loss from the pandemic.

“I am so excited to have these ladies filling Tami’s shoes,” Eastridge said. “We aren’t sure how much learning loss we will see due to the virtual learning that had to take place due to COVID, but, if there is any, they will be able to handle that. And if there isn’t much, they will be able to focus on making South Harrison the best school corporation it can be.”

Owen, a Corydon Central High School graduate, has been in education for 30 years, most recently working as the Title I Instructional Coach since 2015.

Schalk has 15 years of experience in the education field. She has worked the past six years as the digital learning coach at Lanesville Community School Corp., where she worked with professional development with teachers and all formative assessment data for the school corporation.

“I cannot say enough about the good that Tami Geltmaker has brought to South Harrison,” Owen said. “We lost a little of our momentum these last 14 months, and we have a lot of work ahead of us. The teachers have been nothing short of amazing this year, and it has been a challenge, to say the least.

“Next year will be our year to heal and to learn to love teaching again,” she said.

Schalk, whose children attend South Harrison schools, said she was “beyond excited” to go into the curriculum and assessment world and use data to inform the school system about next steps to consistently raise the bar and improve year after year.

In other business at the meeting, the board unanimously approved a couple administrative positions at various schools for the upcoming year.

The board approved the transfer of Michael Rhoads from assistant principal at South Central Junior-Senior High School to principal at South Central Elementary School, and Wendy Erwin, principal at Corydon Intermediate School, submitted a letter of resignation.

The board also took time at the meeting to recognize Charles Ward, a bus driver for the school system, who was honored with the 2021 Indiana State School Music Association Service Award. The service award is given to someone who assists a music association, and Ward was recognized because of his time transporting the school band to and from events. The board also congratulated Corydon Central High School for winning the Indiana State School Music Association All-Music Award.

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 1, at 7 p.m. at the corporation office.