COLUMBIA CITY — Staffing changes was one of the main topics voted on during the Whitley County Consolidated School Board of Trustees meeting in May.

One of those action items saw the school board vote unanimously to make Lyle Kuhmichel administrator for the Social/Emotional Learning Initiative. This would be a three-year assignment.

At the meeting, Superintendent Laura McDermott presented the idea for the program. It’s an option the district is pursuing to help students better meet the necessary competencies (such as critical thinking, collaboration, adaptive thinking, etc.) particularly if they have dealt with some sort of trauma that has made that task difficult for them.

The hope is to implement the program by Fall 2022. The first year, she said, would be about fully understanding what the specific needs are for the students in the district. It would also include writing the plan. The second year would be about implementing the plan. The third year would be measuring the effectiveness of the plan and how best to sustain it moving forward.

The school board also voted to fill the principal position at Northern Heights Elementary School. It was approved at a past meeting to transition current Northern Heights Principal Wes Mullett to principal at Indian Springs Middle School.

Taking the position at Northern Heights is Michelle Burch, who is currently the principal at Coesse Elementary School.

The school board then voted to have Megan Hoag fill the position as principal at Coesse.

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