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 Fruth Chosen to Lead CAB Board Again

July 11, 2007 - As the school corporation continues to undergo major changes in its top administrative positions, the Charles A. Beard School Board has opted to maintain the same leadership for the next 12 months.

During a special meeting July 2, board members voted to retain the same officers - President Mike Fruth, Vice President Wade Beatty and Secretary Debi Ware - for the coming year. The board also approved keeping Michelle Swift as CAB's treasurer and Indianapolis attorney Michael Wallman and his firm, Rund Wallmand & Robbins, as the corporation's legal counsel.

Board members Ware, Beatty and Kevin Knott agreed to continue serving as the board's finance committee, with board member Larry Selvidge serving as an alternate. Selvidge will also replace Knott as the board's legislative liaison, while Fruth and Knott will serve on the board's collective bargaining team. The board also made two major hiring decisions at the July 2 meeting. First, Raymond Willsey, Jr., was hired as the new principal at Knightstown High School. Willsey, who most recently served as the assistant principal at Attica High School, told the board he considered himself "very blessed to have been selected" for the job, which comes with a two-year contract and an annual salary of $72,786.

The second big hiring was that of John Howell to be a new health and physical education teacher at KHS, as well as the new boys varsity basketball coach. The terms of Howell's employment - the length of his contract and rate of pay - were not disclosed or discussed before or after the board's vote.

One other position that was filled last week was that of the receptionist at CAB's Central Office. The board approved hiring Amy Goodpaster, whose starting pay will be $10.97 an hour with benefits.

The board also officially accepted resignations from two of its administrators at last week's meeting. KHS Vice Principal Dan Jack resigned to take a the assistant principal's job at Greenfield Central, while Superintendent David McGuire is leaving to take a job at Elkhart Community Schools.

With the departure of Jack and McGuire, CAB has lost four of its administrators. KHS Principal Jim Diagostino resigned last month to become principal at Tri-West High School in Hendricks County, and Knightstown Elementary Principal Tony Triarsi retired at the end of the school year. In April, the board hired Christine Brokamp to replace Triarsi.


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