Greensburg Community School Corporation has recently announced that Dave Strouse has been named the new principal of the Junior High effective July 1 before the new school year starts.
Strouse will replace Dr. Rodney King who will retire at the end of the school year. Strouse has been the assistant principal at the junior high for the past four years.
Strouse began his career in education in Greensburg in 1999 and has taught at both the high school and junior high. A 1997 graduate of Ball State University, Strouse has established himself as an extremely hard worker and a highly effective administrator. He is committed to student learning and success.
"I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity," Strouse said. "I am excited to continue working with the exceptional staff, great students and a very supportive community. My goal is to establish an environment of shared leadership that will lead us to Four-Star/Blue Ribbon status."
Greensburg Superintendent Tom Hunter said he looks forward to Strouse taking over at the Junior High.
"The interview process was extensive and very thorough," Hunter explained. "Mr. Strouse has been an exceptional, proven leader in every capacity he has served Greensburg Schools and will play a major role in leading the junior high through a critical time of great change in education."
Debbie Smith will be taking over Strouse's position, effective on the same day.
Smith brings 21 years of middle school experience to her new position. Currently finishing her sixth year as science teacher and team leader at Central Middle School in Columbus, she has distinguished herself as an educational leader.
"I am excited about joining the Greensburg Community School Corporation. I have been blown away by the professionalism throughout the interview process. This is a dream opportunity to work in this corporation. I just can't wait to get started", said Smith
Smith has a great deal of experience working within the continuous improvement model. She has a reputation as a highly effective teacher and building leader.
"Mrs. Smith is extremely knowledgeable in the areas of data collection, curriculum and instruction" said Greensburg Community Schools Superintendent Tom Hunter. "We had a very strong field of principal and assistant principal candidates and Smith excelled throughout the process."
She and her husband Julian, who is also an educator, have three boys: Davis, Brooks, and Dietrich.