Adams Central hires new superintendent
The Adams Central Board of Education has hired a new school superintendent to replace outgoing superintendent Mike Pettibone who handed in his letter of retirement late last year.
Lori Richmond, who has been serving as school superintendent in the Greencastle Community Schools, was unanimously employed by the school board on Tuesday evening and will begin coming to the area periodically to work with Pettibone in learning things that will assist when she takes over the helm.
Pettibone will officially serve as superintendent through the end of June.
“We initially had 12 applicants. We interviewed five; it was out of that field that we selected Lori,” noted board president Wes Kuntzman.
“She is dedicated to the Lord, church and family,” continued Kuntzman. “She spends as much as she can with each.
“The board has great confidence in Lori’s ability to build on the foundation established by Mike Pettibone. We believe that she can lead Adams Central into the future,” Kuntzman said.
Richmond said that she feels excited about coming to the Adams County area.
“Thank you very much for your confidence,” Richmond said. “I am extremely excited to get to work in this school system.
“I can see that you have a real heart for the students of this school system,” continued Richmond. “Education is such a challenge these days. To have such an entire group of dedicated educators is a privilege.”
Richmond received her bachelor of science in elementary education and masters in educational leadership from Indiana University in Bloomington. In addition, she did specialist superintendent training at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.
Richmond spent the first 16 years of her career in the classroom. From 1984 until the present, she has been involved in various administrative capacities.
Richmond said that her professional goal is to serve a strong community that seeks to focus on dynamic education and high expectations for all learners with a collaborative and forward thinking environment.
“I always wanted to be in education,” observed Richmond. “I’ve always been involved in learning progress. We are all a service-oriented family. My husband served in the Air Force.”
Richmond has three children, Katie, who is a biologist, Amy, who will graduate in May as a biochemist with plans of going to medical school, and Benny, a senior in high school who is looking toward engineering.
“We are still serving whether it is faith-based or public,” observed Richmond. “God gave us precious children to take care of.”
Richmond said that her initial goal is to get to know staff, children and parents.
“Of course I am going to fix buildings, but my first goal is to show caring for people and getting to know them,” Richmond said.
Board member Cynthia Snider said that she likes Richmond because she believes that she will maintain the overall culture of Adams Central.
“I like her overall experience, her compassion, her focus on kids and her focus on scores,” said Snider.
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