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Harl named new LHS principal

The Lakeland School Board hired Anthony Harl to take over as principal at Lakeland High School. Harl was introduced to the board Monday evening by Superintendent Eva Merkel, who moved from the high school to the administration building this spring.

Harl is coming to LaGrange after two years at Kokomo High School. Harl resigned from the position in Kokomo in December of last year, according to the Kokomo newspaper. Prior to that, he was assistant principal at Goshen High School. He began his career in education teaching at East Noble.

“It’s been a positive experience coming back here,” Harl said Monday.

The New Tech model at LHS and the staff at the school drew him to the position. “They are really at the forefront in being innovative,” he said. He is familiar with the New Tech model and the “philosophical alignment. If I were to design an ideal high school, it would look very similar to Lakeland.”

The size of Lakeland also appealed to Harl. Kokomo is a considerably larger school, with a 2016 enrollment of 2,035. “With this size of school, I get to know the people. That’s a great aspect,” Harl stated.

“I’m really excited to get started,” Harl added.

In other business:

The board hired two music teachers to work in the elementary schools. Candy Baer-Teders will teach music at Lima-Brighton and Wolcott Mills, while Erich Fischer will teach at Parkside Elementary.

The board accepted the resignation of Chris Gerbers as assistant principal at Lakeland High School. Gerbers is taking a position in Hamilton, the board was told.

Other resignations accepted were: Joyce Dirig, middle school English teacher and media center director, moving to Fremont Schools; Elizabeth Manly, 2nd grade Parkside teacher; Marion Hostetler, 4th grade Parkside teacher who will be the new principal at Middlebury Elementary School.

The board hired: Victoria Noningo, Lima-Brighton Elementary English as a New Language teacher; Cassandra Allen, 6th grade, Lakeland Middle School; Taylor Anderson, Parkside Elementary Kindergarten teacher.

The board accepted a Secured School Safety Grant from the Indiana Dept. of Homeland Security.

The board also accepted food service bids for the 2016-2017 school year.

Chris Blaize was approved as the new district transportation director.