Personnel shifts are underway at Kokomo School Corp. after the board of education approved the retirement of 19 certified staff and two administrators at a special meeting Thursday.
Thomas Hale, alternative education coordinator, and Patricia Linder, interim director of special programs, retired after 24 and 29 years of service to the district, respectively.
Mike Sargent will take on Linder’s current responsibilities as the board approved Superintendent Jeff Hauswald’s recommendation to make Sargent director of special programs and evaluation for the 2014-15 school year.
Sargent spent this school year as interim principal of Kokomo High School in addition to his duties as director of evaluation.
“Since the beginning of the school year, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with a strong staff at Kokomo High School who are passionate about the success of all students,” Sargent said in a press release. “I have deeply enjoyed the experience and am confident that KHS will continue to create meaningful learning experiences because of the hard work and professionalism of the staff.
“I look forward to working full-time at the Administrative Service Center next school year as we continue developing and enhancing the various program options for our students,” he added.
In addition to the high school principal position, Kokomo Schools also will post listings for a new alternative education coordinator to replace Hale and a principal at Bon Air Middle School. More information on the positions will be available Tuesday at www.kokomoschools.com.
Paula Concus currently is the principal of both Bon Air Middle School and Bon Air Elementary School. She will stay on as elementary principal while the district hires a new middle school principal.
“We now have the numbers at Bon Air Middle School to justify having a principal there and at the elementary,” said Dave Barnes, Kokomo Schools communications director.