Cedar Crest principal to retire


Mark Jahn

This is the last school year Mark Jahn will be principal of Cedar Crest Intermediate School.

Jahn plans to retire at the end of the school year. The Southeast Dubois School Board accepted his resignation plan Wednesday evening.

“We do appreciate your efforts and everything you have done for us,” Board President Kent Uebelhor told Jahn, who was at the meeting. “It’s going to be big shoes to fill because that school gets a lot of extra activity. It’s a lot more than just the school day.”

Jahn, a Dubois County native, has been with the school district for 23 years. He has been principal of the intermediate school since it opened 15 years ago. Prior to that, he was principal at St. Anthony Elementary School for eight years. He was also a sixth-grade teacher in New Harmony for five years before joining Southeast Schools.

“Thank you, all of you, for the support,” Jahn said, “and for giving me the opportunity to do what I enjoyed doing. I still remember the phone call I got to come back home and be an administrator. And I’m very grateful for that.”

Superintendent Jaime Pund thanked Jahn for his service to the students and the district.

“He is a staple here at Southeast Dubois,” she said, “and certainly where we are right now as a corporation is due to his hard work and his love for the kids in our community.”

The school board also:

• Approved a policy allowing students to graduate early if they have completed their requirements for graduation, starting with the 2022 graduating class. Interested students should notify the high school administration at the end of their sophomore year if they would like to graduate early. Students in the Class of 2022, who are now juniors, should also talk to the school, as there are stipulations that could allow them to graduate in December 2021, which is the end of the fall semester. Forest Park Principal Tyler Lemen said parents and students have asked about being able to graduate after seven semesters, instead of eight. One of the latest requests came from a student in the Class of 2022 who plans to join the Marines; the Marines offers boot camp in January. The high school graduation ceremony will continue to be held in May.

• Accepted resignations from Lauren Troesch as fifth-grade cheer coach and Tammy Lagrange as eighth-grade volleyball coach.

• Hired Stannye Hasenour as eighth-grade volleyball coach and Abby Rogier, Terri Bell, Autumn Langen and Lisa Schroeder for the We are Fit session that runs March 4 to April 6.

• Moved its April meeting to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8. School board members will visit the district’s schools that morning.

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