By Desiree Williams
The Zionsville school board met June 12 to announce principal appointments, approve school calendars and discuss classroom grants.
What happened: Andrew Foreman was announced as principal of Eagle Elementary, and Stacy Smith was announced as principal of Pleasant View Elementary. Lauren Kersey was announced as the first assistant principal at Boone Meadow Elementary.
What it means: Foreman was most recently assistant principal at Hoosier Road Elementary in Fishers. He is replacing Christine Squier, who became the district’s director of academic services. Smith was assistant principal at Cherry Tree Elementary in Carmel and will replace Chad Smith, who became principal of Bethesda Christian Academy.
What’s next: The new principals will begin July 1.
What happened: The board approved calendars for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.
What it means: More than 4,000 people responded to a calendar survey, and 2,236 of the votes went toward option A, which is similar to the current schedule instead of switching to a balanced calendar. See the upcoming school year calendars at zcs.k12.in.us/apps/pages/calendars.
What happened: Lyle Browne, chief operating officer of the Zionsville Education Foundation, announced that ZEF will provide more than $24,000 to ZCS in the form of eight spring grants to fund innovative projects in the classroom.
What it means: These grants fund virtual reality headsets for each school, enable seventh-graders to see their writing published, offer students in the production of “Les Miserable” the chance to work with professional musicians and more.
“We are really grateful to work with the teachers, the administrators and the staff that work tirelessly every day to find creative ways to inspire students and bring excellence to the classroom,” Browne said.
What happened: Matt Walter, ZCHS assistant principal, received a plaque for his work over the past 10 years with the Boone County Kiwanis Youth Global Leadership Academy.
What it means: The academy combines 10 sophomore students each from ZCHS, Western Boone Junior-Senior High School and Lebanon Senior High School to participate in events to develop and instill leadership traits in students.
“We empower those students. Find something you’re interested in that would be a benefit that you could use to develop yourself as a leader in an applied setting,” Walter said.