Rearrangement of administrators complete at HCCSC

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.
Seth Parker

The rearrangement of administrators at the Huntington County Community School Corporation is complete, with the introduction at the board of school trustees’ July 24 meeting of Seth Parker as the new principal at Roanoke Elementary School.

Parker, who has spent 22 years as an educator, comes to HCCSC from Fort Wayne Community Schools. He began his career in Michigan as an elementary and middle school teacher for eight years, then moved to middle school as an administrator for five years, followed by seven years as an elementary school principal. During the past two years Parker has been the secondary director, middle school and district elementary math coordinator at FWCS.

Parker received his Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and science composite from Hope College in Holland, MI, in 1993, and a Master of Arts in educational leadership from Western Michigan University in 2001.

He said he is looking forward to coming to HCCSC and will start in his new post this week.

Superintendent Randy Harris said bringing Parker on board is a good move.

“I am excited by the experience and knowledge that Parker brings to our school district,” he said. “I think he will be a tremendous asset to Roanoke Elementary.”

Harris says he transferred former Roanoke Principal Chris Tillett to Lincoln Elementary to make full use of Tillett’s skill set and experience as a seasoned principal.

“He’s done an excellent job at Roanoke, and I think he will be an outstanding principal at Lincoln,” Harris said. “He’s been in different types of buildings, different types of experiences and I think he’s going to be an excellent fit at Lincoln.”

The departure of Ashley Ransom, who has been the principal at Lincoln Elementary School since 2016, was one of several personnel items on the consent agenda that was unanimously accepted by the board. Her resignation became effective July 25.

Melinda Otwinowski has been promoted from interim to permanent principal for the last year of Lancaster Elementary School, and Dawn Morgan’s position has also been upgraded to become the permanent principal of Salamonie School.

The lineup of school administrators for the 2017-18 school year is:

Elementary schools
• Andrews – Amy Rudolf, principal.

• Flint Springs – Aimee Lunsford, principal; Rick Reed, assistant principal.

• Lancaster – Melinda Otwinowski, principal.

• Lincoln – Chris Tillett, principal; Rick Reed, assistant principal.

• Northwest – Mark DuBois, principal.

• Roanoke – Seth Parker, principal.

• Salamonie School – Dawn Morgan, principal.

Secondary schools
• Crestview – Chuck Werth, principal; Jeremy Willson, assistant principal.

• Riverview – James Bragg, principal; Christopher Baut, assistant principal.

• Huntington North High School – Russ Degitz, principal; Jennifer Shepherd, assistant principal.

In other business, the board celebrated news that the Ecolab Foundation has provided $37,000 to HCCSC teachers as part of its Regional Visions for Learning grant program by unanimously accepting the donation.

The grant distribution was made to 17 teachers and school administrators for the following projects:

• Emily Teusch, $3,000 for Roll-a-Coaster and physical science activity labs for grades K-5.

Huntington North High School
• Beth Beery, $1,700 for Spanish program materials.

• John Gardner, $3,000 for three years’ subscription to the Smartmusic online program for music students.

• Jonathan Harrigan, $3,000 to create a ceramics glazing lab.

• Michele Santa, $600 for business and economic students to attend a personal finance day program.

• Dayna Stump, $1,500 for materials to complete a “Farm to Fork” project in an unused courtyard.

Crestview Middle School
• Melissa Bowling, $3,000 to purchase reading materials about drones to allow students to design and use them.

• Brian Milton, $3,000 for the Star Wars Club to build a life-size, fully automated R2D2 robot plus large Lego builds.

Flint Springs Elementary School
• Carrie Boxell, $1,400 for book series that children can take home.

Lancaster Elementary
• Lisa Merryman, $3,000 to create a resource program for teachers with fidgits, sensory input items, exercise balls, sound blocking headsets and a lending library of resource books.

• Roxanne Stouder, $1,400 for resources to help raise students’ success levels in reading.

Lincoln Elementary School
• Jo Keller, $3,000 for hands-on activities aimed at improving science, technology, engineering and math skills for first-grade students.

• Dawne Pearson, $900 for materials to teach writing skills to kindergarten students.

Northwest Elementary School
• Stacie Ball, $3,000 for materials and family engagement games, to teach students how to retain information by connecting science, social studies, math and reading with families.

• Melissa Ross, $2,100 for materials to offer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities to students.

Roanoke Elementary School
• Amanda Pye, $400 for a program to help below-grade level readers to improve their skills and transition into middle school.

• Chris Tillett, $3,000 to pay for module and material purchases for four Project Lead the Way modules at each grade level.