Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


August 1, 2013

GCS superintendent looks to the year ahead

GREENSBURG — “There are always changes and always challenges; some you can control and some you can’t. If you do things right, there are always successes and there are always celebrations.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Greensburg Community Schools (GCS) Superintendent Tom Hunter sounded like a man expecting many triumphs when he offered the above quote as part of his outlook on the new school year (which opened today).

True to that philosophy, a handful of significant changes are coming to GCS in the new year, and Hunter detailed those, telling the Daily News the district will welcome 30 new staff members for 2013-2014.

Those new faces, he said, will run the gamut of job types and will include teachers, custodians, cooks and teacher’s assistants. Of special note, Hunter added, are the additions of a new band director, and a new AG teacher and FFA sponsor at Greensburg Community High School (GCHS).

Chuck Alfrey, former band director at East Central High School in Dearborn County, steps into the spot vacated by the outgoing Matt Clifford.

“East Central had been one of the best band departments in the state under Chuck,” Hunter said. “We look forward to him coming to Greensburg and doing the same here.”

Clifford, meanwhile, becomes the new principal at Greensburg Junior High School (GJHS).

“Any change in leadership at a building will be a big change in the climate at that building,” Hunter said. “I know Matt’s worked very, very hard in the last month or so to make sure everything’s going to be in place to have a successful school year.”

Rich McGown steps in as GCHS’s new AG teacher and FFA sponsor, replacing the outgoing Quinn Wicker, who returned to her hometown Rushville to teach.

Hunter described McGown, who comes from Triton Central in Shelby County, as “a very experienced AG teacher” who’s “recognized as one of the top AG teachers in the state.”

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