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Daleville hires new HS principal and AD

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 5.18.17 PMDALEVILLE — Daleville Community Schools found their two newest administrators close to home.

Source: The Star Press

The Daleville School Board on June 23 named Daleville Junior-Senior High School Assistant Principal Eric Douglas as the school’s new principal, to replace Rae Floyd, who resigned this spring. Adam Perdue, a sixth-grade teacher at Daleville Elementary School, was named to replace Douglas as assistant principal and athletic director at the high school.

Before being hired as assistant principal/AD for Daleville in August 2012, Douglas taught and coached in Indianapolis. He studied at Purdue University and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Perdue has taught at DES since 2010, and is a graduate of Ball State University.

On June 23, both men were hired to their new posts on two-year contracts, Douglas with an annual salary of $88,000 and Perdue with an annual salary of $70,000.

Superintendent Paul Garrison said the district had looked at candidates from further away, but “found the best in our own backyard.”

Other personnel changes were also approved at the meeting. The board hired four high school teachers: Beth Etchison (earlier named the new varsity volleyball coach), economics and government; Jake Banwart, social studies; and Mike Halliwell and Rachel Branson, both language arts.

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 5.18.25 PMThe board approved the retirement of Frank Barkdull as head custodian at the high school, noting he had worked for Daleville schools for 41 years. Also approved were the resignations of high school teacher and girls varsity basketball coach Jeff Wickersham, high school English teacher Marisa Fidler, high school social studies teacher Derek Stang, elementary secretary Nancy Scott, fourth-grade teacher Wesley Thornburgh, kindergarten teacher Jenna Gleason and second-grade teacher Amy Scheib.

Garrison noted after the meeting that Indiana schools in general were seeing more turnover among teachers as an unintended consequence of statewide changes in how pay increases were handled, since it was now simpler to get hired at a higher pay rate than to get a raise in an existing position.

In other business, DES Principal Kim Beard and Garrison told the board that an unexpected jump in the number of kindergartners starting in August was prompting the addition of a fourth kindergarten class. The elementary school typically has three classrooms for each grade level, but with the current kindergarten count at 81 incoming students — and the potential for more to show up at registration — the school is adding a fourth kindergarten class, Garrison said.

Beard said a workroom was being turned back into a useable classroom.


The Town of Daleville is located in Delaware County where I-69, Ind. 67 and Ind. 32 converge.


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