North Lawrence Community School Board approves 34 employee resignations

BEDFORD – The North Lawrence Community School board approved the resignation of 34 employees. Ten teaching contracts were also not renewed during their regular meeting Thursday.

North Lawrence Community School board approved the resignations of 34 employees Thursday night

Of those resignations, 17 were from teachers and 17 from support staff employees.

During the meeting, JoAnna Hackney a North Lawrence Community School employee for more than 18 years as both a middle school teacher and counselor addressed the board to tell them why she was leaving the school corporation. A complete statement from Hackney is listed below.

Following Hackney’s statement to the NLCS school board, the crowd applauded. NLCS school board member Kristen Collier thanked her for her service to NLCS.

Karla Hudson a Food Service employee also addressed the board expressing concerns about the work environment and turnover.

The crowd again applauded after she addressed the board.

Both Hackney and Hudson have found other jobs. Hackney is now an academic advisor at Indiana University and Hudson is now an employee of the newly formed Lawrence County Independent Schools.

In January 2020 the North Lawrence School board voted to close five schools which included four elementary schools and one middle school.

According to Superintendant Ty Mungle, the corporation needed to consolidate the schools due to $1.4 million in deficit spending and was nearing a state take over of the school corporation. The school corporation was putting more than 20 percent of the educational budget into the operations budget.

Karla Hudson cries after learning that Stalker school would close in January 2020

However, Indiana State Board of Accounts examiner Paul Joyce told WISH-TV in a report Thursday night, that the North Lawrence Community Schools Corporation was not anywhere near a state take over.

Joyce also stated that when the State Board of Accounts went to the district for their normal audit, the district books were not ready which Joyce calls “not normal”.

The Indiana State Board of Accounts will be returning for an audit and reviewing for claims of fraud.

Here is a complete list of personnel changes approved during the school board meeting Thursday night.


NEW HIRES –

  • Jordan Key – BNL Principal
  • Jenna Clark – BNL Assistant Principal
  • Amy Redman – NLCC Director
  • Steven McNabb – NLCC Assistant Director
  • Melissa Epping – Parkview Assistant Principal

Certified: 2021-22 Academic Year

  • Hannah BennettParkview Resource Instructor
  • Dustin GeorgeNLCS Instructor
  • Bonnie Griffee – NLCS Instructional Coach
  • Luke Hayden – NLCS Choir Instructor
  • Lucas Roman – Parkview Instructor
  • Rachel Shea – NLCS Speech Language Pathologist/SSS
  • Ashley Smith – Parkview Instructional Coach
  • Dr. Aerin Welch NLCS School Psychologist

Transfers:

  • Donna Anderson – Parkview Instructor to Parkview Reading Specialist K-2 effective 2021-22 academic year.
  • Heidi Atchison – Transferring from BMS Instructor to NLCS Instructional Coach effective 2021-22 academic year.
  • Wendy Butterfield – Transferring from Parkview Asst. Principal to Lincoln Reading Specialist effective 2021-22 academic year.

Support Staff:

Nurse:

  • Amy Sites – NLCS Nurse effective 2021-22 academic year.

Instructional:

  • Maria Hillenburg – Needmore Elementary Health Aide effective August 1, 2021.

Food Services:

  • Rachel Daves – NLCS Cook effective August 3, 2021

Middle School:

  • Peggy Taylor – MS Head Girls Golf Coach effective August 2 – October 8, 2021
  • Dave Adams – MS Head Boys Tennis Coach effective August 2 – October 8, 2021
  • Katelyn Gibbens – 8th Grade Volleyball Coach effective August 2 – October 8, 2021
  • Jessica Bellush – 7th Grade Volleyball Coach effective August 2 – October 8, 2021

Bedford Middle School:

  • Curt Alvey – BMS Head Cross Country Coach August 2, – October 8, 2021
  • Emmi Rynders – BMS Head Cheerleading Coach August 2, 2021 – February 4, 2022.

OOlITIC MIDDLE SCHOOL

  • Michael Gilbert – OMS Head Cross Country Coach August 2 – October 8, 2021
  • Pam Horton – OMS Head Cheerleading Coach August 2, 2021 – February 4, 2022

BNL:

  • Brett Deckard – BNL Asst. Football Coach 2021-22
  • Shawn Nikirk – BNL Asst. Football Coach 2021-22
  • Kendall Reid – BNL Asst. Football Coach 2021-22
  • AJ Abplanalp – BNL Asst. Football Coach 2021-22
  • Bo Miller – BNL Asst. Football Coach 2021-22
  • Jason Webb – BNL Asst. Football Coach 2021-22
  • Jonathan Calhoun – BNL Boys Head Cross Country Coach 2021-22
  • Jill Vance – BNL Girls Head Cross Country Coach 2021-22
  • Logan Jackson – BNL Head Boys Soccer Coach 2021-22
  • Gabrielle Arthur – BNL Head Volleyball Coach 2021-22
  • Josie Barnes Bartlett – BNL Asst. Volleyball Coach 2021-22
  • Kathy Tanksley – BNL Asst. Volleyball Coach 2021-22
  • Chris Kurtz – BNL Head Tennis Coach 2021-22
  • Michael Branam – BNL Head Flag Football Coach 2021-22
  • Dustin George – BNL Asst. Athletic Director split 2021-22 academic year.
  • DJ Horton – BNL Asst. Athletic Director split 2021-22 academic year.

North Lawrence Career Center

  • Logan Felts – Summer Agricultural

Non-Renewal or Cancellation of Contract

  • Kathy Aldridge – Teaching contract non-renewal effective at the end of the 2020-21 academic year
  • Brittany Chastain – Teaching contract non-renewal effective at the end of the 2020-21 academic year
  • Kirsten Clawson – Teaching contract non-renewal effective at the end of the 2020-21 academic year
  • Rebecca Dever – Teaching contract non-renewal effective at the end of the 2020-21 academic year
  • Alexus Perry – Teaching contract non-renewal effective at the end of the 2020-21 academic year
  • Christina Reinhardt – Teaching contract non-renewal effective at the end of the 2020-21 academic year
  • Steven Schiller – Teaching contract non-renewal effective at the end of the 2020-21 academic year
  • Ashley Singh – Teaching contract non-renewal effective at the end of the 2020-21 academic year
  • Jennifer Solari – Teaching contract non-renewal effective at the end of the 2020-21 academic year
  • James Tritle – Teaching contract non-renewal effective at the end of the 2020-21 academic year

Resignations

  • Brandon Cuellar – Resigning as PE Instructor
  • Lori Cummings – Resigning as NLCS Instructor
  • Stephanie Dalphin – Resigning as Blind/Low Vision Consultant Resource Instructor
  • Jayme Davis – Resigning as Oolitic Campus Instructor
  • Karen Fugate – Resigning as BNL Choir and Musical Director – June 30, 2021
  • JoAnna Hackney – Resigning as Oolitic Instructor effective June 3, 2021
  • Duane Higgs – Resigning as BMS PE/Health Instructor
  • Tracy Lee – Resigning as BNL Student Support Specialist
  • Michelle Miller – Oolitic Campus Special Ed Instructor
  • Joshua Mullis – Resigning as NLCC Dean of Students
  • Amanda Owens – Resigning as Speech-Language Pathologist June 30, 2021
  • Sherry Porter – Resigning as Shawswick Elementary Instructor
  • Wendy Ramsey – Resigning as Shawswick Elementary Instructor
  • Elizabeth Rubacha – Resigning as Oolitic Campus Instructor
  • Sandy Scherschel – Resigning as BMS Instructor effective June 4, 2021
  • Hein Tlustek – Resigning as BMS Asst. Principal effective July 1, 2021
  • Brian Young – Resigning as Lincoln Elementary Instructor effective June 1, 2021
  • Carrie Young – Resigning as Shawswick Instructor effective June 1, 2021
  • Kristiane Baumgart – Resigning as Shawswick Elementary IA June 28, 2021
  • Maria Chase – Resigning as Oolitic Campus IA effective June 1, 2021
  • Jacob Dumond – Resigning as NLCS Custodian effective May 10, 2021
  • Kelly Dunn – Resigning as NLLC Administrative Assistant effective June 1, 2021
  • Kelly Herndon – Resigning as Admin Bldg Administration Assistant effective May 31, 2021
  • Karla Hudson – Resigning as NLCS Food Service Cook effective May 28, 2021
  • Madison Jean – Oolitic Campus Instructional Assistant effective June 8, 2021
  • Richard Kattau – Resigning as Oolitic Campus Instructional assistant effective May 27, 2021
  • Stacey Leach – Resigning as Oolitic Campus Instructional assistant effective June 5, 2021
  • Courtney LeRoy – Resigning as Shawswick Elem IA effective June 26, 2021
  • Claudia McFaddin – Resigning as Needmore Admin Assistant effective June 11, 2021
  • Karen Munguia – Resigning as Gateway IA effective May 20, 2021
  • Keesha Presser – Resigning as Oolitic Special Ed Self Contained IA effective June 15, 2021
  • Mary Summers – Resigning as BMS IA effective June 17, 2021
  • Stephanie Tlustek – Resigning as Parkview IA effective June 21, 2021
  • Hannah Wade – Resigning as Joint Services Admin Assistant June 18, 2021
  • Amanda Wright – Resigning as Needmore Elementary Health Aide effective June 8, 2021

Extra Curricular Activities:

  • Brad Gilbert – Resigning as NLCS Assistant Athletic Director
  • Duane Higgs – Resigning as BNL varsity assistant baseball coach, MS Head football coach, MS head wrestling coach
  • Carrie Holmes – Resigning as BNL Pep Club Sponsor

Retirements:
Support

  • Mike Beedie – Retiring NLCS Mechanic effective July 31, 2021, after 28 years of service
  • Teresa Lone – Retiring NLCS Custodian effective August 1, 2021, 5 years of service
  • Beverly Neely – Retiring as NLCS Food Service Cook effective May 28, 2021, after 13 and a half years of service
  • Karlas Spears – Retiring as NLCS Food Service effective May 28, 2021, after 3 years of service
  • Sandra Spears – Retiring as NLCS Food Service Cook effective May 28, 2021, after 5 years of service
  • Donnie Thomas – Retiring as NLCS Custodian effective July 31, 2021, after 12 and a half years of service

Leave Requests:

  • Cheryl Greenwalt – Requesting leave of absence from August 3, through December 1, 2021 (Student teaching)
  • Kelsey Pace – Requesting parental leave through October 4, 2021.