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 New CAB Super Eager to Get Started

June 25, 2008 - Gary Storie, who takes over Tuesday as the new superintendent for the Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation, is eager to get to work.

"I'm looking forward to coming there and doing the best I can to help the school corporation move forward," Storie told The Banner on Monday. The CAB School Board hired Storie, who had been Rockville Community School Corporation's superintendent since January 2005, at its June 17 meeting.

Raised in Muncie, Storie, 56, is a 1970 graduate of Delta High School. He obtained bachelor's and master's degrees from Ball State University and Indiana University, respectively, and is currently working toward his doctorate at BSU.

Storie and his wife, Linda, a fourth grade teacher for the Edinburgh Community School Corporation, are the parents of two children. Their 25-year-old daughter works in New York City in the television and film industry, and his 21-year-old son is a paramedic studying premed at Brandeis University in Boston.

With just three-and-half years of prior experience heading a school corporation, Storie said the many positions he has held in the field of education helped prepare him to be an effective superintendent.

"As I've worked with schools, from college on, I've driven a bus, I've worked maintenance in the summer, and I was a teacher," Storie said. "I've just about had every job in the school corporation that it has to offer. … Hopefully, that translates into helping to building understanding and communication, and a respect for all that we have to do in the school setting to get our job done."

Storie's career as an educator began in 1975, and he spent the following decade teaching fifth and sixth grade classes, as well as some summer school. After that, however, Storie's career path took a 10-year detour, from the classroom to the pressroom.

From 1986 to 1995, Storie and his wife owned and published the Tri County News, a community newspaper in Edinburgh, where they've lived the past 33 years. While he enjoyed his time running the paper, Storie said that serving a term on the ECSC School Board during that time helped prompt him to return to education.

After going back to school and obtaining his principal's license through IU, Storie took a principal'sjob with the North Judson San-Pierre Elementary School in Starke County. Then, prior to taking the RCSC superintendent's job in January 2005, he spent five-and-a-half years as principal at Westlawn Elementary in Dunkirk.

Storie said his experience as a parent, teacher, a school board member, a principal and a superintendent have all helped him be more empathetic to the perspectives of the different groups who have an interest in a school corporation. "At one time or another, I've kind of been on their side of the fence, if you will," he said. "I've walked in their shoes."

The three-year contract the CAB School Board approved last week will pay Storie a base salary of $103,000 a year, plus provide a $9,055 health insurance allowance. "Careerwise, I view it as a step upward," Storie said of his new job. "It also gets me closer to home."

Storie said CAB is only be 45 to 50 minutes away from his and his wife's Edinburgh home, a much shorter distance to travel than Rockville had been. He also said CAB's location will more convenient for his ongoing work on his doctorate at BSU.

"I think it's an attractive little town," Storie said of Knightstown. "It looks like it's got some real strong assets. The (school) facilities all seem to be in pretty good shape. Obviously, there's some things we need to look at, but that high school's just absolutely beautiful.

"It also looks like the academic record there, based on the scores, is pretty good," Storie continued. "That tells me that the teachers are all dedicated and professional and are working hard."

Storie said he knows CAB is facing some financial issues, but that he is looking forward to facing those challenges. "I really feel like I'll be able to improve those situations with some time," he said. "I think I can be of service. ... I think I can do some things for Knightstown that will move the corporation forward."

The CAB School Board is scheduled to hold a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, to elect new officers and attend to other organizational matters. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria at Knightstown High School, 8149 W. U.S. Hwy. 40.


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