NEW SUPERINTENDENT: Mast named new SGCS district leader

CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees introduced Galen Mast as its new superintendent Monday.Mast previously had a brief stint with SGCS in 2007. During the spring semester, he served as assistant high school principal and athletic director.Following the 2007 school year, Mast departed from Churubusco to take a job as principal at Parkside Elementary School in the Lakeland School Corporation.Mast’s departure from SGCS did not diminish his appreciation for what the district, and Churubusco, has to offer.“I love small-town Churubusco. These are the towns that America is built on. I love it,” Mast said. “What a great place to have your kids. You’ve got a small, caring community. You’ve got a staff that knows the names of your kids, they know the needs of your kids, and they know you as parents. I couldn’t imagine a better place.”Initially, Mast said he wants to explore the climate and culture of SGCS to learn how best to lead the district. “I want to help the teachers and administrators so we can best meet the needs of the kids,” said Mast. “That will come from listening. I’m not one that will stay much in the administrative office.”In his first position as a superintendent, Mast takes over for Ralph Bailey, interim superintendent and long-time administrator in Whitley County. Although Mast may be filling the shoes of a seasoned leader, he intends to draw on the strengths of others already in place within the schools.“I’m a big team builder. We’ll get into team building and bringing people together on a common mission,” said Mast. “There are so many good things going on here, we just want to keep those good things moving forward.”For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Jan. 16 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.