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New high school principal accepted by Prairie Heights Board


Prairie Heights High School will have a new principal after current Assistant Principal Jeremy Swander received approval Monday from the Prairie Heights Community Board of Education to assume the principal’s duties.

Swander earned a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from IPFW in 2003 and a Master's degree in educational administration and supervision from Ball State University in 2008. He has served as assistant principal at Prairie Heights High School for the past three years.

Prior to working for the Prairie Heights School Corporation, Swander taught mathematics at Garrett and DeKalb Central high schools for a total of seven years.  He has been the recipient of several honors and awards, including valedictorian of the Class of 1998 at Garrett High School, DAR Good Citizen award, and Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year in 2005. He was also an Indiana Teacher of the Year semi-finalist in 2007. 

Swander and his wife, Amelia (Beer) Swander, reside at Big Turkey Lake and are new parents of a daughter.

In other business:

Brandon Rumsey was accepted as the middle school girls track coach. Susie Stalf was accepted as a part-time food service employee.

The resignation of Tim Tropp was accepted.  

The board gave its approval to help the PHHS FFA purchase two pivot irrigation systems for the farm. The FFA added up the costs and is to repay for the pivots over the next five years.

The last student day will be June 4 and the last staff day will be June 5.