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GCCS Announces Leadership Changes

Tonight, the Greater Clark County Schools Board of Trustees approved several leadership changes in the district. Since being named Superintendent of Schools on June 4th, Mark Laughner has been committed to building an experienced and well-qualified leadership team with extensive experience in K-12 education while be extremely mindful of the district’s current financial state. Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Kimberly Fifer has accepted a new position at Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation in Whiteland (Indiana) as their Associate Superintendent and has resigned her position effective the end of June. Fifer’s position will not be filled. Current Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education Dr. Kim Hartlage will now serve as the Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement and provide leadership in developing, achieving and maintaining highly effective education program and K-12 services, with leadership support from new Director of Elementary Education Karen Wesely and Director of Secondary Education Melissa Bower. Wesely has most recently served as the Principal of Charlestown Middle School and Bower as the Director of Technology. Bower will keep her current technology duties as the Superintendent continues to streamline specific job responsibilities prior to the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

The Board of School Trustees also approved Amy Cook as the new Principal of Charlestown High School. Cook most recently served as Assistant Principal, then as Interim-Principal for the past six months when Laughner moved into the Interim-Superintendent position. A search for the new Charlestown Middle School Principal and Charlestown High School Assistant Principal has started and the Superintendent hopes to make a recommendation for both positions by late July. Supervisor of Facilities Chad Schenck will move into the role of Director of Transportation. His current facilities position will not be filled and the Assistant Director of Transportation position will also be eliminated.

Superintendent Laughner stated, “Greater Clark County Schools is extremely fortunate to have a team of dedicated and talented leaders who care so deeply about the success of our staff and students. We have a lot of work to accomplish and their roles are critical to the daily operation of our district. We are working to streamline our work from the central office perspective while putting much needed resources back into our schools and the classroom.”

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