Flint Springs, Roanoke get new principals

New principals will greet students at two Huntington County elementary schools this fall.

The Huntington County Community School Corporation board of trustees, meeting on Wednesday, May 15, approved the hiring of Aimee Lunsford to lead Flint Springs Elementary School and Christopher Tillett to serve as principal at Roanoke Elementary School.

Both Cynthia Kiefer, principal at Flint Springs, and Paul Roth, principal at Roanoke, plan to retire at the end of this school year.

"We're excited to join the team and appreciate the opportunity," Lunsford told board members. Her family accompanied her to the meeting.

"I was on that committee and she's the perfect person for the position," said board member Rex Baxter.

Lunsford has taught kindergarten through fourth grade students in the Rochester Community Schools, Rochester. She has also served as a resource room and behavior room teacher in the special education department.

Tillett was unable to attend the meeting, HCCSC Superintendent Tracey Shafer said.

For the past seven years, Tillett has served as principal at James Whitcomb Riley Elementary School in New Castle.

That school was recently recognized as a Four Star School for the third consecutive year.

Tillett taught third grade for five years before being named principal at Arlington Elementary School, in Rush County, where he served for two years.

Another top position in the schools was filled with the hiring of Chris Campbell to serve as director of special education.

Campbell currently works in special education in the Huntington County Community Schools, where he has worked for more than 20 years.

"He had an assistant directorship for all intents and purposes this past year," Shafer said.

"I look forward to continuing that task of leveling the playing field for all of our students," Campbell told the board.

In other business Monday:
• The board accepted the resignations of Amy Ehinger, physical education teacher at Huntington North High School; Yolanda Fett, special education teacher at Crestview Middle School; Rachael Harshman, instructional data coach at Lincoln Elementary School; and Michelle Thomas, speech and hearing teacher at Roanoke Elementary School.

Resignations were also accepted for Dan Hildebrand, assistant athletic director, and Jeremy Steele, boys' assistant soccer coach, both at Huntington North. Steele was rehired as head coach of the girls' soccer team at HNHS.

Other new coaches hired were Shelli Coburn, varsity cheer coach, and Kyle Wood, head wrestling coach, both at HNHS.

Janice Cranford submitted her retirement as language arts teacher at Huntington North.

• The board accepted donations from several community organizations.

Psi Iota Xi sorority donated $250 for speech therapy materials at Andrews Elementary School: $200 for iPad applications for the speech pathology program at Flint Springs Elementary School; $250 for instructional materials to be used in the preschool speech program at Horace Mann Education Center; $200 to purchase prizes for students who reach speech goals at Lancaster Elementary School; $200 to purchase speech therapy items at Lincoln Elementary School; $250 to purchase therapy books and iTunes applications for speech class at Northwest Elementary School; and $250 to purchase speech and language iPad applications at Roanoke Elementary School.

Parkview Huntington Hospital's Community Health Improvement Program donated $4,205 to build a shade pavilion on the special needs playground at Lancaster Elementary School.

In addition, Riverview Middle School received approval to accept $150 in prize money awarded to the school's History Club for its first place finish in the History Bowl.