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New principal reflects on hiring

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Randy Corn
For new Greencastle Principal Randy Corn, his hiring at GHS may seem somewhat fortuitous. The current Brownsburg High School assistant principal said when he began considering a move to another school last fall, Greencastle topped his list of choices.

At that time, however, the job was not open. Corn was simply making a list of places he would like to go, so his selection by the GCSC board was that much sweeter.

"When I was making a list, what I was looking at were schools that were between 600 and 1,200 students, schools that were high achieving and schools that were in a community that really supported the school. And Greencastle was the number one on my list," Corn said.

But it wasn't simply the school that caught his attention; it was the community in general.

"Many years ago, when we first moved out to Amo, my wife was working at the Wal-Mart Distribution Center, so we would come here to Greencastle from time to time to do a little shopping," Corn said. "We always thought it was just a beautiful little community, and we just thought it was great. And of course, DePauw is here. We'd bring our sons out here for band competitions because my boys were both musicians.

"We just loved it, and I always thought it was a fantastic community," he added.

Corn comes to GHS after 25 years at BHS, the first 17 of which he taught English.

"I taught predominantly American literature, which meant the research paper, so I really like that type of work. I was a composition instructor primarly," Corn said.

In his time as an administrator, he has continued to focus heavily on curriculum.

"I was the academic assistant principal focusing predominantly on professional development and instruction, curriculum development, textbook adoption and those sorts of things," Corn said. "Also, student activities were a very important specialty of mine."

Corn's wife Cindie is also in education as an instructional assistant at Cascade High School.

"She's been for 13 years. She's worked with helping kids pass the GQE, the state test so they can graduate. I've walked through malls and seen big, huge guys come over to my wife and go, 'Mrs. Corn!' and bend down and give her a hug because she's helped them so much," Corn said.

The couple has been married for 25 years and have two sons. Their older son is studying journalism and communication at ISU. Their younger son is a jazz guitarist.

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Welcome Mr. Corn, it is past time for a change.

-- Posted by Trying hard on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 12:29 PM

welcome mr. corn. good luck with mr hesler. hes a tough one.

-- Posted by cds1305 on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 3:03 PM

Was there a reason for the comment about Mr. Hesler? So what if he is tough, if your kids don't do anything wrong you have nothing to worry about. I would rather have "a tough one" than a pansy pushover that doesn't enforce the rules. I think Mr. Hesler is a great person. And by the way, welcome Mr. Corn, I hope you enforce the rules too. Goodbye Mr. Church, you will be missed.

-- Posted by HelloMcFly on Wed, Apr 22, 2009, at 10:23 PM

HelloMcFly rainbows, lollypops, sweet treats but now wake up and enter the real world.

-- Posted by Trying hard on Thu, Apr 23, 2009, at 12:28 PM

HelloMcFly: As a student of Greencastle High School myself, I can honestly say that I have never been in Mr. Heslers office, but, I do know that many kids are punished for the smallest little things. I also think that sometimes certain people do not get in trouble because of their status on the wrestling team. It's so obvious that Mr. Church doesn't even agree with things Mr. Hesler does. Sorry I didn't mean to stir up a fight but that comment was neccessary.

-- Posted by cds1305 on Thu, Apr 23, 2009, at 3:13 PM

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