New principals on board in Greencastle

August 16, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

The Greencastle-Antrim School District is shifting some key administrative jobs in the district's middle and high schools, Jack Appleby, director of secondary education, said this week.

Appleby, who until this year was principal at Greencastle-Antrim High School, has moved his office next door to the middle school to devote his time to directing the secondary education program in grades 6-12. Greg Hoover is director of primary education in grades K-5.

Bonnie Cornelious, who was principal at Greencastle-Antrim Middle School, was named high school principal to succeed Appleby.

Linda Lewis, assistant principal at the middle school, is now its principal.

The board's action is part of an attempt to streamline the educational program for the district's entire K-12 system, Appleby said.


Appleby said his dual role as high school principal and secondary education director created problems when people questioned where his loyalties were - to the high school or the district job.

"People become suspicious when you wear two hats. They think it's difficult to separate the two roles," he said.

He said the changes will help end the appearance that the two divisions - K-5 and 6-8 - were becoming individual fiefdoms. There will now be a systemwide overlap in all grades, from kindergarten to high school senior, he said.

That will make things easier as students move up through the classes, especially at the big breaks from elementary to middle school and middle school to high school, he said. It's often trying for eighth-graders to move up to the ninth grade, he said.

"Their whole world changes," he said. "This will help to smooth out the bumps for them."

Appleby will continue to coordinate the district's technology programs. He'll still write grant applications and monitor curriculum for the district.

He has spent his entire 29-year career in the Greencastle-Antrim school system, starting in 1973 when he was hired as a biology teacher at the high school.

Lewis was assistant principal at the middle school for five years and an assistant principal at the high school for as many years.

"I'm looking forward to the different perspective," she said. "It's all about the kids whether you're a teacher or a principal."

Cornelious has been middle school principal for five years. Before that she was assistant principal at Shippensburg (Pa.) Area High School.

"I know what I'm getting into," she said. "I loved high school kids before and I will love them again. Working with kids is the greatest job in the world."

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