By Lauren Fitch Kokomo Tribune
---- — 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.
The certified staff who will retire before next school year include: Ann Abel, Virginia Anglin, Lynne Bolinger, Terri Brock, Paul Buesking, Marianne Christie, Sandra Ednie, Pamela Ellis, Lisa Ellison, Janet Harrison, Constance Hill, Connie Irick, Carol Lutz, Maxwell Maclin, Lynn McCauley, Lynne Rodgers, Joni Sanders, Ronald Senesac and Shirley Welke.
Fall enrollment numbers will determine how many of those teaching positions are filled, Barnes said. Combined, the retirees spent more than 600 years at Kokomo Schools and more than 750 years in education.
Also at Thursday’s meeting, the board approved removing “interim” from Holly Herrera’s title as principal of Central Middle School.
“I look forward to the opportunity to continue my work with the International Baccalaureate school, as well as with the opening of the Integrated Arts program at Central Middle International School,” Herrera said in a press release.
The next regular board meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. April 14 in the board room at the Administrative Services Center.