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May 30, 2014

Two new principals named at New Albany elementary schools

Lohmeyer promoted to high school engagement coach

NEW ALBANY — Two New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. elementary schools will have new principals next year, but they are hardly new faces.

Both have a long history with the corporation.

Mike Losey, who served as assistant principal at S. Ellen Jones this school year, was named the new principal at Floyds Knobs Elementary while Brian Kehrer, who served as an assistant principal at Green Valley this year, was elevated to the top spot there. The two were unanimously approved at a special meeting by the NA-FC School Board on Friday.

“We have experienced quite a bit of change and we intend to make that change very positive for our 4,000 children in elementary,” said Michele Day, director of elementary education for the corporation.

Losey said his years as an assistant principal and administrative intern have been invaluable in preparing him to take the reins at Floyds Knobs. He will replace Elaine Murphy, who is retiring.

“I feel pretty lucky to have learned from some great people. I have learned a little from each of them,” he said.

Losey’s parents also have a combined 60 years in education.

Kehrer is a former math teacher and has been an assistant principal at Green Valley since 2010. He is a graduate of Floyd Central and said he was “very fortunate” to have worked under Becky Banet, who is retiring, at Green Valley for the past four years.

“We know some of our students are a grade level behind, but based on our successes we know we can get them there if you give us time. Our teaching staff is phenomenal,” Kehrer said. “We are excited about this opportunity.”

Heather Finn, who has been a teacher in the school corporation for 15 years, will be the new assistant principal at Green Valley.

The board also appointed two current teachers to administrative positions.

Joy Lohmeyer, a social studies and language arts teacher at Hazelwood Middle School, was appointed high school engagement coach, a new position. She will help high school teachers incorporate more technology into their classrooms. She has been a classroom teacher in the corporation for 34 years.

“I am excited about Joy and her role in the district,” said NA-FC Superintendent Bruce Hibbard. “I think she will do a wonderful job.”

Hibbard said Lohmeyer’s job will resemble the e-learning coaches at Greater Clark.

Kurt Meyer, an eighth-grade teacher at Hazelwood Middle School, was named athletic director for all three middle schools — another new position in the corporation. Meyer will take over the role from assistant principals who previous supervised middle school athletics for grades five through eight. Middle school athletics include about 70 teams, with 28 basketball teams.

LuAnne Suer was also promoted to assistant principal at Fairmont Elementary School where she previously taught.

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