A longtime Kokomo school board member is stepping down.

Marsha Bowling, a member of the Kokomo School Corp. board of school trustees since 1998, submitted a letter to Kokomo Superintendent Jeff Hauswald notifying him of her intention to “retire” effective June 30, according to a release from KSC Director of Communications Dave Barnes.

“I consider this a retirement rather than a resignation,” Bowling said in the release. “Very simply it is time for me to spend time with my family. It has been an absolute privilege and honor to serve as a representative of the Kokomo community while making decisions in the best interest of our students and staff at the Kokomo School Corporation.”

A past president of the Kokomo school board and retired Kokomo teacher, Bowling said she initially decided to run for the school board because she still wanted to serve the Kokomo community after retiring after 26 years of teaching at Kokomo schools.

Bowling noted many significant changes have occurred in her more than 20 years on the board, including the addition of air-conditioning in all school buildings (only the high school and Central Middle School had HVAC in 1998) and safer bus and walking routes for students to school, noting that technology has also improved vastly.

On behalf of the board of school trustees, current board President Cristi Allen-Brewer extended gratitude to Bowling for her many years of service and leadership on the KSC board.

Hauswald, who has served as Kokomo superintendent since 2010, offered high praise for Bowling as well.

“Mrs. Bowling has been a tireless advocate for students, including her strong belief that ALL students deserve our best and that ALL students have tremendous potential,” Hauswald said in the release, adding that she “has been masterful in teaching and demonstrating how Boards function best, while showing us all the positive difference one person can make in a community.

“I, for one, have learned so much from Marsha. Marsha has made me a better leader, and a better person.”

The board interviewed interested District 2 candidates to fill Bowling’s spot last week, and selected Lewis Hall, a 1968 Kokomo High School graduate, at Monday’s regular meeting, to fill the District 2 vacancy, effective July 1.

A journeyman millwright for 31 years at General Motors, Hall earned a bachelor's in business administration and a master's in management from Indiana Wesleyan University.

RECOMMENDATIONS

The following recommendations were approved by the school board on Monday for the 2019-20 school year:

-- Current Elwood Haynes Elementary School Principal and Interim Director of Education Technology Kathi Hoover will move into the role of director of Technology and Education Innovation for the 2019-20 school year.

-- Elwood Haynes Assistant Principal Laurie Bridge will become principal following Hoover’s move.

-- Lyndsi Smith, most recently assistant principal at Bon Air Elementary, will take over as principal at Pettit Park Elementary after current Principal Kelly Wright accepted a position as assistant director of Head Start.

-- Julie Susong, who served as academic and behavioral facilitator at Boulevard Elementary this past year, will take over as assistant principal at Central Middle School.

-- Elaine Brovont was named the director of food services, an opening created by the retirement of Jack Lazar.

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