Superintendent of Perry Township Schools
We all understand that the quality of our schools is dependent upon those individuals who work on a personal basis with our children. The individual who has the most influence on a child’s academic success is the classroom teacher. The individual that establishes the climate in the building is the principal. I believe that your staff interacts with their students in the same manner that our principals interact with their teaching staff.
We are fortunate this year to have five outstanding, new principals to lead our schools. This week I wanted to take a moment to highlight their assignments and share some information about each individual.
Dave Rohl returns to the leadership role at Glenns Valley Elementary after transferring from Perry Meridian Middle School. You may recall that he also served as principal at Winchester Village Elementary. Mr. Rohl says he loves the caring, family atmosphere in our district. He and wife Brenda are the parents of three sons. Two attend college and one recently became a police officer in Crawfordsville.
Jon Romine, who’s new to our district, is the new principal at Perry Meridian Middle. He comes to us with experience at Indianapolis Public Schools and most recently Lawrence Township. He has degrees from Taylor University and the University of Indianapolis. He said he loves the community aspect of our school district. Mr. Romine and his wife, Shannon, have three boys, Charlie, Josh and Luke.
After five years as principal of Southport Middle, Brian Knight has made the transition to principal at Southport High. A huge advantage is that he knows the vast majority of students since they previously attended the middle school. Mr. Knight shares that he values the diversity and the educational opportunities available to students in this district. His entire career has been in Perry Township as a chemistry and physical sciences teacher. He and wife Nikki, who teaches at PMHS, are the parents of Dagan, Stokes, Auria and Merrick, all of whom attend Perry Schools.
Stephanie Quinlan is the new principal at Southport Middle, where she served as assistant principal the past 10 years. Mrs. Quinlan started her career as a math teacher at PMMS. She and her husband, Brian, who is also a teacher, have two children, William and Alexandria.
Our new principal at Burkhart Elementary, Darlene Hardesty, is not new to the school as she is taking over the reigns there after serving as assistant principal. Ms. Hardesty, who has degrees from Butler and Ball State, says the teamwork in her school is incredible.
We are proud of the expertise that each administrator brings to his/her school. The 2016-17 school year is off to a great start.