New EHS makes room for asst. principal
Eudora high school students will have more than just a new building greeting them at the beginning of the next school year: They'll also have Ron Abel as their part-time assistant principal.
Superintendent Marty Kobza said Abel would be the high school's first assistant principal since it separated from the middle school in the mid-1990s. Adding an assistant principal was something the district had been considering, he said.
"Obviously we would like to have a full-time position," Kobza said. "The budget won't warrant it right now."
The district wanted to have an assistant principal as full-time enrollment at the high school increased.
Principal Dale Sample said as assistant principal Abel would be in charge of the senior class, including prom and graduation activities, as well as working on evaluations, discipline, curriculum and vocational education.
"He'll be a great addition to the administrative staff," Sample said. "He's been a great addition to the faculty."
Because the assistant principal will also be working with class scheduling, Kobza said the counseling department could concentrate less on scheduling and more on getting students prepared for their post-high school plans.
Sample said the high school was hiring a technology teacher to pick up Abel's high school classes, but the district would split that teacher's time with the middle school, too, as it also would with the new art teacher's time.
Middle school students will be able to take advantage of art rooms in the current high school building, into which they will move next school year, because of a part-time art teacher who will split time between the high school and middle school. Kobza said high school art teacher Gary Hinman used to teach some art at the middle school level.
"Our classes got too large at the high school and we had to make a choice," he said.
In the meantime, WRAP worker Terry Johnston had been offering extracurricular art programs for students.
With an additional part-time teacher, whose hiring hasn't yet been finalized by the USD 491 Board of Education, Sample said at the high school an extra teacher would allow Hinman to work with the more advanced students while the new teacher worked with the beginning high school students. The new building will also offer two art rooms, one geared toward painting, drawing and other two-dimensional arts while the other will provide space for three-dimensional work, like sculpture.
Sample said the high school was working on replacing other positions in the building, although the only other changes resulting from the move to the new school would be additional custodial help, he said.
"We're pretty busy here for the next couple of weeks," he said.
Eventually other positions that will crop up as a result of the added space and facilities in the new building, such as a drama and second foreign language instructor, which could be added the following year, Sample said.
"That will probably depend on the budget," he said.