Apple set for principal role at Lanesville Jr.-Sr. High
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
Lanesville Junior-Senior High School students will see a familiar face leading them this upcoming school year as Dr. Ryan Apple, who served the past year as assistant principal and athletic director, will succeed Steve Morris as principal. Morris will continue as superintendent of the Lanesville Community School Corp. through the end of the first semester.
Apple is a Corydon Central High School graduate and earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Master of Education degrees from Indiana State University.
Prior to his positions with Lanesville, Apple served as assistant principal for New Albany High School. He said he had always hoped to take this type of leadership position as a principal and that Lanesville Community School Corp. was always at the top of his list.
“The community support at Lanesville is second to none, which was very appealing to me,” Apple said. “There are lots of career paths that I could have chosen that would have made me a lot more money, but for me it is the sense of community involvement that led me to follow in the footsteps of my parents and go into education and, ultimately, education administration. I am not from Lanesville, but the people of this community have made me feel so very welcome over the past year. It was exactly what I was hoping that it would be.”
Apple said he was fortunate to be following in the footsteps of former administrators like Morris and Janet Page, both of whom he said made strides to create learning environments centered with high expectations, and that he hopes to continue that tradition.
“We have all of the ingredients needed to be thought of as a high performing school, to truly be a small community with world-class educational opportunities,” Apple said. “I see my job as principal here as the bridge to keep everyone focused on the task at hand, ensuring that all students leave our care with all of the tools necessary to become responsible and successful members of society.”
Apple noted one of his main goals for the year is to facilitate resources for Lanesville students and their families for non-academic needs. He explained he has begun a partnership with Our Place Drug & Alcohol Education Services in hopes of providing knowledge and skills for the community in battling drug and alcohol abuse.
“Lanesville Community Schools has also created a partnership with LifeSpring to assist students and families with mental health issues, and we will continue to work to bring much needed, non-traditional resources to our students and families,” Apple said.
Apple said he is looking forward to watching Lanesville grow through the years and he can only call himself “fortunate” for the foundation laid for him from prior administrators, staff and students.
“It is a building full of dedicated, educated and caring adults, and I can’t wait to see how they can help our students reach their full potential,” Apple said.
The first day of the new school year for students will be Wednesday, July 28.