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 Steven Wherry Hired as KHS Assistant Principal

July 23, 2008 - The Charles A. Beard School Board hired a new assistant principal for Knightstown High School during its July 15 regular monthly meeting.

The six board members present voted unanimously to hire Steven Wherry to replace Scott Ritchie, who was promoted to principal of the school last month following the resignation of Ray Willsey. Wherry will earn a yearly salary of $61,900 on a 210-day contract.

If Wherry and Ritchie quickly develop a strong working relationship, that will likely come as no surprise to either of them. The two educators have worked together for 10 years at two different high schools.

Wherry, who lives in Greenfield, worked as a math teacher at Greenfield Central High School from 1994-1999, and Ritchie was a technology teacher there from June 1994 through June 1998. After leaving GCHS, Ritchie went to Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis, and Wherry followed him there the following year.

At PMHS, Wherry also taught math. Additionally, after Ritchie left PMHS at the end of the 2006-2007 school year to become assistant principal at KHS, Wherry became the school-to-career coordinator at PMHS, a position Ritchie had held while he was there.

Wherry also worked with Ritchie at PMHS on that school's nationally-acclaimed robotics team. Ritchie has expressed interest in starting a similar program at KHS, and with Wherry now at the school as well, the program should get off to a good start.

CAB Superintendent Gary Storie said he was not certain how many people had applied for the assistant principal position. He told The Banner, however, that Ritchie had interviewed two or three candidates, including at least one current CAB employee.

"It's his assistant," Storie said. "He conducted the interviews and he brought his candidate to the board for final approval. … I told the principals I generally give them a lot of autonomy with that -- but that comes with a lot of accountability, too."

According to Storie, Ritchie told him and school board members that he and Wherry had a good working relationship in the past. "I think that carried weight with me and the board," Storie said.

Efforts to contact Wherry and Ritchie for this story were not successful. Wherry is expected to begin work either late next week or the beginning of the week after that.


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