Matthew Stark OK'd with unanimous vote
URBANA — Urbana High School will have a new principal next year.
The Urbana school board voted unanimously Tuesday to hire Matthew Stark. The board met Stark at its meeting last week but voted on his hire this week after postponing all action at that meeting.
Stark is currently principal of Brown County High School in Nashville, Ind.
The board also authorized honorably dismissing 14 teachers, as well as 22 full-time union educational support employees, six full-time non-union educational support employees, 27 part-time non-union educational support employees, and five part-time union educational support employees.
The dismissals are because of uncertainties in state and federally funded grant programs, said Gayle Jeffries, the district's assistant superintendent for human resources.
"It is our hope that we hire as many people back as possible," she told the board. "We value their service and we value them."
The employees work in special education, Title I, early childhood, English as a second language and adult education.
Superintendent Preston Williams said the process of dismissing employees because of financial uncertainty gets harder each year.
"Each one of those numbers are people who have done great things for our district," he said.
The board also held a public hearing on the topic of dismissing the employees Tuesday.
The board also approved building improvements scheduled for this summer, including various security upgrades throughout the district, painting the high school gym and refinishing the gym floor, resurfacing the front drive at Prairie Elementary and upgrades to the district's technology.
The updates will cost about $770,000 and will be paid for with bonds the board approved issuing last month.
The board also approved assignment changes for several administrators. These include making Joe Wiemelt the director of equity and student learning and director of bilingual/multicultural programs, starting July 1.
Wiemelt is currently interim principal at Urbana High School and directed the district's bilingual and multicultural programs before that.
The board also named Jennifer Rohn the principal of Cunningham/Gerber School, starting July 26. She'll replace Shawna Scherer in that position.
The board named Scherer assistant principal at Urbana Middle School, starting July 1.