5 new principals head up HCCSC changes

New principals for the Huntington County Community School Corporation for the 2016-17 school year include (from left) Russ Degitz, Huntington North High School; Shane Grove,Crestview Middle School assistant; Allison Holland, Lancaster Elementary School; Ashley Ransom; Ashley Ranson, Lincoln Elementary School; and Dawn Morgan, Salamonie School.
New principals for the Huntington County Community School Corporation for the 2016-17 school year include (from left) Russ Degitz, Huntington North High School; Shane Grove,Crestview Middle School assistant; Allison Holland, Lancaster Elementary School; Ashley Ransom; Ashley Ranson, Lincoln Elementary School; and Dawn Morgan, Salamonie School. Photos provided.

Some new principals and administrators have joined the ranks at Huntington County Community School Corporation for the upcoming 2016-17 school year, while other administrators have switched positions at county schools.

Here is the lineup of new HCCSC administrator positions for school year 2016-17:

• Huntington North High School: Russ Degitz, principal.

Degitz is a familiar face to HNHS, returning to take over from Chad Daugherty, who was promoted to a corporate administrative position.

Degitz served at the high school for 10 years as a teacher, dean of students and baseball coach before moving to Lancaster Elementary School in 2012 to be its principal.

• Crestview Middle School: Shane Grove, assistant principal.

It will be Grove’s first full-time administrative position, having come to HCCSC from Speedway High School in Indianapolis, where he served as assistant athletic director for two years and a seventh-grade social studies teacher previously. He also coached multiple sports.
Grove received a Bachelor of Science in secondary social studies education from Indiana University and a master’s degree in school administration from Ball State University.

He replaces Brad Ludlow, who retired at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

• Lancaster Elementary School: Allison Holland, principal.

Holland, transferred to HCCSC from North Liberty to succeed Degitz in the top spot at Lancaster. It is her first position as a principal. Most recently, she served as the instructional technology coach at Plymouth and also taught second grade at North Liberty.

Holland received a bachelor’s degree from Bethel College Indiana in 2008, and a master’s degree from Walden University in 2012. She obtained her principal’s license from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2015.

• Lincoln Elementary and Flint Springs Elementary: Rick Reed, assistant principal.
Reed, who was formerly the principal of Salamonie School, will split his time this coming school year between Lincoln and Flint Springs elementary schools. He will primarily provide disciplinary assistance as needed.

• Lincoln Elementary School: Ashley Ransom.

A newer principal who got an early start last spring, Ransom will begin her first full school year at the helm of Lincoln. Ransom, a former first grade teacher at Lincoln, graduated from Ball State University. She was named the school’s Teacher of the Year in 2011.

• Salamonie School: Dawn Morgan, interim principal.

Morgan will replace Reed as interim principal at Salamonie, coming to HCCSC from McCulloch Junior High School in Marion, where she served as principal since July of 2015 and was assistant principal during the previous year. She also served as assistant principal at Marion High School from 2013 to 2014.

Morgan obtained a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2005 and a master’s degree in administration from Ball State University in 2013. She also earned certification in mild disabilities from Ball State in 2007 and was a special education teacher at Marion High School from August 2009 to May 2012.

• Horace Mann Education Center: Megan Horsley, director of special services.

Megan Horsley will start the new school year with a new title, becoming director of special services. She was hired as a special education coordinator at Horace Mann Education Center in 2013.

• HCCSC Corporate: Chad Daugherty, assistant superintendent for instruction.

Daugherty takes the assistant superintendent position that was vacated by the retirement of Chuck Grable. At the time of his promotion, Daugherty had been the principal at Huntington North since the 2013-14 school year. Previously he taught geography at HNHS, where he served as head baseball coach and a football coach. He moved on to become assistant principal at Salamonie, where he worked for one year. For the next seven years he was employed at Crestview Middle School, where he started as an assistant principal and served as athletic director.

After two years, Daugherty became principal at Crestview, a position he held for five years until he was tapped to take over as principal of HNHS.