Rich to serve as interim elementary principal

Authored by Jim Langham on Oct 10, 2012

Jeff Rich, South Adams Middle School principal, will serve as interim elementary principal until another interim or permanent principal is secured for the spot vacated by Brian Strauss, when he submitted his resignation on Oct. 3.
At its regular monthly October school board meeting, board members both officially accepted the resignation of Strauss and agreed with a recommendation from Superintendent Scott Litwiller that Rich fill the position until a more permanent solution can be acted upon.
Strauss surprised school officials when he tendered his resignation to Litwiller on Oct. 3, effective immediately. At the time, Strauss informed Litwiller that he is under investigation in relation to his previous employment in another county.
Litwiller said at the time that the investigation did not involve his work for or presence in South Adams Schools.
Prior to coming to South Adams, Strauss had been employed by South Central Elementary School in Union Mills in LaPorte County. Litwiller advised that those with questions or concerns that would normally be addressed to an elementary school principal should be referred to Rich.
In other personnel matters, board members approved employment of Lisa Brotherton as part-time special education aide; hired Morgan Mitchell as a high school social studies teacher to replace Jason Arnold, who has been employed as athletic director; supported a recommendation by high school principal Trent Lehman to appoint Jane Miller and Lana Sharp as monitors for the after-school study table on Mondays and Wednesday from 3:10-4:10 p.m.; and approved Arnold's recommendation for winter athletic coaches.
Athletic coaches will include: wrestling head coach Eric Myers, varsity assistants Jeff Heller and Andy Myers and volunteer coaches, Robert Loshe, Ethan Fiechter and Jim West. Wrestling middle school coaches include head coach Ben Wanner, assistant coach Isaac Werst, and volunteers Jeff Sprunger, Jackson Werst and T.J. Burnfield.
Basketball appointments include head coach Andy Brown, assistant coach Josh Hendrixson, junior varsity coach Ryan Thomas, freshman Luke McClung, eighth grade Gene Grogg and seventh grade Don Foust.
Girls positions include head coach Brett Freeman, varsity assistant still open, junior varsity coach Morgan Mitchell, eight grade coach Chad Grabau, seventh grade Steve Dellinger and middle school volunteers Don Pierce and Brad Wurster.
Janelle Gresla retains the position of swimming head coach, accompanied by staff assistant Derek Kirchhofer and an open position. Middle school swim coach is Tami Sprunger and volunteer Jeff Sprunger.
Board members approved the 2013 budget as advertised on August 15 and 22. Total budget is $15,668,664, breaking down to $10,145,241 for general fund, $1,845,342 for debt service, $1,886,181 for capital projects, $1,384,900 for transportation, $107,000 for bus replacement and $300,000 for a rainy day fund and the 2013 budget.
In addition, Litwiller asked board members to approve, in connection with the budget legislature, approval of the capital project fund plan, bus replacement plan and the 2013 budget.
In addition, board members approved legislation designed to comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act that requires schools to monitor the online activities of students. Monitoring wording must be in policy and recorded in the board minutes for the school to be eligible for E-rate pricing for the Internet service.
Grayson Hogg garnered support from board members to promote a fundraiser to raise money toward a Nick Taylor Honor Scholarship Fund. The fundraiser is based on a special flag honoring mothers who have lost children to military fatalities.
Also, principals Lehman and Rich updated board members of their continued efforts for a school improvement plan.

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