Longtime Sugar Creek Elementary principal stepping down

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NEW PALESTINE — Sitting at a lunch table surrounded by kindergarten students, Sugar Creek Elementary School Principal Tony Strangeway spent more time opening juice bottles, peeling oranges and answering questions from kids than he did getting in a good meal.

“I eat lunch every day with the kindergartners,” Strangeway said with a smile. “I love it.”

Strangeway, the only principal the school has had since opening its doors 14 years ago, has decided to leave the district at the end of the school year.

Strangeway, who turns 57 in May, is the only administrator in a building with more than 750 students. While he said he can still handle the brisk pace, he has decided it was time for a change. A visit to his doctor last week was key.

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