Five faculty members to retire from Cloverdale schools

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

CLOVERDALE -- A number of long-time educators will be entering retirement at the end of the school year. Cloverdale School Board members voted 5-2 Monday to accept several personnel changes.

When elementary students return to school in the fall, there will be a new principal in charge. With the retirement of current principal Susan Schwartz, Stacey Baugh will be taking over. Baugh will be moving from her current position as assistant principal at Cloverdale High School.

Along with Schwartz, high school government and French teacher Maureen Wagner, high school business teacher Virginia Summerlot and middle school teacher Judith Allee will be retiring.

Several school board members recognized Wagner, who was present at the meeting, for her years of service to the Cloverdale Community School Corporation.

Board member Linda Mann said Wagner has done a "fantastic job."

Since Baugh will be moving from the high school, Superintendent Carrie Milner said her position, along with the middle school principal position, will be posted in May.

A retirement party has been planned for the educators at the end of May. An exact date will be given at a later time.

In addition to the retirements, Sunshine Query will be the high school student classroom assistant; Erin Sinclair will be taking an extended maternity leave until the end of the school year; Bonnie Helterbrand will continue to be Sinclair's replacement; high school coaches will be Alisha Polite, head coach of girls varsity volleyball; Melissa Boyd, head coach of cheerleading; Steve Livingston, head coach of varsity wrestling; Pat Rady, head coach of varsity boys basketball; James Wade, head coach of varsity girls basketball; and James Archer, volunteer assistant baseball coach. Jeff Gibboney has resigned as assistant football coach.

In other business, the school board voted to move forward with replacing physical education and football lockers. Milner quoted a price range of $75,000 to $80,000 for the job. All work will be done in-house and during the summer, she added.

Stimulus money will be coming to all Indiana schools this year. Cloverdale will be using some of its money to build a year-round greenhouse. There was a general consensus from all school board members to also move forward with that project.

As far as projects go, high school principal Sonny Stoltz was happy to report the CCYL concession stand has been completed.

"After two and one-half years, you can now go to the bathroom out there," he told school board members with a smile.

Additional business includes:

* Replacement radios will have to be purchased.

* Fuel costs are down slightly, but slowly on the rise again.

* A new discus cage has replaced the dilapidated one.

* Cloverdale High School senior Alex Swenson was named a Lilly scholar. He received many congratulations from the school board.

Milner noted this is the third year for a Cloverdale student to earn the title.

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  • Any word on who will be the Middle School principal or why there is an opening for that position?

    -- Posted by honestyisbestpolicy on Tue, Apr 14, 2009, at 7:25 AM
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