PIERCETON — Several leadership changes and retirements will take place in Whitko Community School Corporation according to Superintendent Steve Clason. The transitions will become effective beginning with the 2012-13 school year.
“This is one of those times as a superintendent which is an exciting time and scary time as well,” Clason said at the Board of School Trustees regular monthly meeting Monday evening. “We (WCSC) have a number of people changing positions, changing roles, and doing things differently.”
In 2005, when the Northern Indiana Co-Operative disbanded into its current structure, Amy Bollinger came on board at WCSC as Director of Special Education. Bollinger recently announced her plans for retirement. Donna Lehmann, who is currently the director of Special Services for Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation, will take on the new position which has been revised to director of Special Services. Lehmann was employed at WCSC from 2003 to 2006 as a special education teacher and assistive technology consultant.
Lehmann will oversee all federal and special programs for WCSC, which includes oversight of Title I in South Whitley Elementary School (SWES) and Pierceton Elementary School (PES), along with the district wide High Ability Program.
Joining WCSC in 2000, Whitko Middle School (WMS) principal Jerry Klausing announced his retirement effective at the end of the school year. Klausing has been instrumental in leading WMS through many curricular and structural changes.
Filling the void left by Klausing, Whitko High School principal Parrish Kruger will become the new principal at WMS next year. Clason said this change will allow Kruger to further his educational leadership by continuing education in pursuit of an Educational Specialist Degree. Secondly, Kruger wants to broaden his experience by working with a different grade range of students, curriculum and educational staff.
WHS Assistant Principal David Parker has been with WCSC for two years and will step up to the position of WHS principal next year.
Parker is well respected within the school corporation and Clason said he is confident WHS will continue to prosper.
WHS boys’ basketball coach Rob Irwin also announced his resignation which is effective at the end of the school year.
Other retirements and resignations include: Lisa Shisler - resignation as WMS/WHS band director, effective at the end of the school year; Carolyn Gruver - resignation as resource assistant at PES; Jana Braden - resignation as resource assistant at WHS; Tim Zwick - discontinuation as assistant track coach at WMS; Nancy Lake - retirement as WHS teacher, effective at the end of the school year; Tracy Harper - health clerk at SWES; Gail Engelhaupt - resource assistant at PES; Alicia Walpole - spring sports coach at SWES; Jonna Watson - school psychologist, effective Aug. 6; Rick Hobbs - assistant track coach at WMS; Heather Hyden - girls’ cross country coach at WHS; and Steve Hoopingarner - boys’ cross country coach at WHS.