Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

August 3, 2013

New hires the biggest changes at DCCS

By Rob Cox Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG — Decatur County Community Schools (DCCS) welcomes 22 new hires with the new school year that started Thursday, chief among them Dr. Mike Langevin.

Langevin replaces Dr. Mike Wilcox, who departed in June to become superintendent at Richland Bean Blossom School District in Monroe County, Ellettsville.

In comments to the Daily News in May, following the DCCS regular monthly meeting, Superintendent Johnny Budd told the Daily News that DCCS has already been consulting with Langevin for several years through the Whiteriver Valley Educational Consulting Firm.

Langevin’s hiring, Budd said, is probably the district’s biggest change for the 2013-2014 school year.

“He’s been working the last couple weeks,” Budd said. “And he’s going to bring great resources to us in delivering better instruction. His expertise is in curriculum. He’s very well versed in best practices and research-based strategies. I feel that his hire will have a direct impact on our student achievement and eventually on our grade [from the state].”

Speaking of lies ahead in the new school year, Budd added, “Hopefully, we’re going to get better in our instruction practices and strategies. We want our teachers to get better, which will result in students having increased outcome. We feel that everyone can always improve, regardless of their job, and we’re working hard from top to bottom, with every position just trying to improve.”

In addition to new support staff and other positions, DCCS also welcomes a handful of new classroom teachers with the new school year. Those include Fourth-Grade Teacher Lauren Reynolds at North Decatur Elementary School; Sixth-Grade Teacher Mallory Devens and Fourth-Grade Teacher Heidi Beagle at South Decatur Elementary School; and Biology Teacher Kara Cheslock and of Math Teacher Erin Fee at South Decatur High School.

Contact: Rob Cox 812-663-3111 x7011