Assistant principal at G-CHS promoted; 2 spots filled at SH schools


Mark Kern had no idea he was going to be offered the job at Sugar Creek Elementary when he went to a meeting this week with Superintendent Jim Halik. The longtime principal at New Palestine Elementary will replace Tony Strangeway, who is retiring. (Kristy Deer/Daily Reporter)

HANCOCK COUNTY — Two school boards have taken steps to shuffle administrative staff to fill open principal slots at three schools.

On Monday, the same night the Greenfield-Central School Board welcomed Harold Olin as its new superintendent, it announced that Dan Jack will take Olin’s place next school year as principal of Greenfield Central Junior High. Olin had served as the junior high’s principal since the building’s opening in 2010.

The move to the junior high is a promotion for Jack, who currently serves as assistant principal at Greenfield-Central High School. Jack has been with the school corporation for seven years, during which he has held the same position at the high school.

Jack said he is excited for the change and believes his years at the high school have given him valuable insight he can pass on to younger students.

“… I’ve seen where I can help transition junior high students to the high school and maybe identify some areas where we can better prepare them for college-level courses,” he said.

Jack’s start date at the junior high is July 1.

Southern Hancock officials also shifted personnel this week to prepare for the loss of Sugar Creek Elementary Principal Tony Strangeway. The longtime principal announced his decision to leave last week after 14 years with the corporation.

New Palestine Elementary School Principal Mark Kern will replace Strangeway; and Doe Creek Middle School Dean of Students Katie Eastes will fill Kern’s position at the elementary school.

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