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 Brokamp Replacing Triarsi at KES

April 25, 2007 - On the same night it voted to begin the process that could lead to the elimination of five positions in the school corporation, the Charles A. Beard School Board also approved several other personnel matters, including the hiring of a new elementary school principal.

The school board voted unanimously at its April 17 meeting to approve Superintendent David McGuire's recommendation that Christine Brokamp be hired as the new principal for Knightstown Elementary, effective July 1. With a two-year contract and annual salary of $63,900, Brokamp will replace longtime Principal Tony Triarsi, who is retiring.

The 33-year-old Brokamp graduated with honors from Butler University, where she earned both her bachelor of science in elementary education and her master's degree. For the past four years, she has worked as a literacy specialist for Washington Township Schools in Indianapolis, and, prior to that, she taught second grade and kindergarten for two and five years, respectively, in the same school corporation.

McGuire told the board prior to their voted that a committee consisting of himself, three teachers, two parents and two board members had interviewed several candidates for the principal's position. He said Brokamp had "impressed everybody."

Brokamp told The Banner that the Knightstown Elementary job, her first administrative position, will represent a drastic change from the educational environments to which she's accustomed. Growing up in a suburb of Chicago, she said she attended large schools, and, until now, her professional career as an educator had been with one of the state's largest school corporations.

"I'm really looking forward to working in a smaller school corporation and getting to know the students, parents and teachers," Brokamp said. After they voted to hire her, Brokamp thanked board members and told them she had been "very impressed" with everything she has learned about CAB. In other personnel matters, the board accepted a resignation from high school business teacher, Richard VanOsdol, who is taking a position with the Hancock County Sheriff's Department. VanOsdol also resigned as the varsity coach for wrestling and cross country at Knightstown High School.

As reported in last week's Banner, the school board voted at the April 17 meeting to give McGuire permission to officially notify five employees that their positions have been targeted for possible elimination through reduction in force (RIF). In addition to the high school business teaching position VanOsdol held, the other four positions were the vocal music instructor for the high school and intermediate school (Jan Crouch), the gifted and talented teacher at the intermediate school (Lisa Haughn), the elementary school social worker (Susan Logan) and the mental health counselor for the high school and intermediate school (Mark Herbkersman). The board is expected to vote at their May meeting on whether to proceed with eliminating these positions, which McGuire said could save CAB between $185,000 and $200,000.

In other personnel matters, the board also approved three transfers for the 2007-2008 school year. Haughn, the gifted and talented teacher, will now teach fifth grade at the intermediate school, intermediate school teacher Cindy Cox will become a fourth grade teacher at Knightstown Elementary, and Jane Rodgers will take over the elementary physical education program. The board also voted to replace first year sixth grade teacher Jamie Stone's temporary contract with a regular teaching contract.


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