Southridge teacher shifts to assistant principal

Herald Staff Writer

HUNTINGBURG — A Southridge High School teacher will fulfill his goal of becoming an administrator when school staff begin work Aug. 7. The Southwest Dubois School Board voted Thursday evening to name former FFA teacher Chad Sickbert as the assistant principal at the high school.

In May, board members gave a similar position, called dean of students, to new football coach Scott Buening. Superintendent Mike Eineman explained this morning that the position was given to Buening preliminarily because no teaching jobs were open at that time. Buening, who does not have an administrator’s license, accepted the role with the understanding that when a teaching position opened, he would be moved to that job and the assistant principal position would go to a licensed staff member, Eineman said.

Sickbert, 36, has taught agriculture at Southridge for the past four school years. He graduated from Forest Park High School in 1995 and received an education degree from Purdue University in 1999. He earned a master’s degree from Oakland City University and spent the first 10 years of his teaching career at all three Warrick County high schools. He obtained his administrative license in 2004 in anticipation of a leadership position.

Sickbert is excited for his new role and said that his experience working with new Principal Byron “Kelly” Murphy on the high school’s positive behavior intervention support team, which Sickbert chairs, will help him adjust.

“We’ve got a new administration all the way up to our superintendent,” he said. “We’ve got a beautiful new school that everyone’s really proud of. I just feel blessed. It’s a great school with great students to work with ... and a great staff of teachers to work with as well.”

Board President Kevin Wertman thanked Sickbert for his service to the school and Superintendent Mike Eineman congratulated him during the meeting.

“We wish you lots of luck with it, and we’re glad to have you on board on the administrative side,” Eineman said.

Sickbert lives near Huntingburg with his wife, Billie Sue, and their four children, Grace, 11, Garrison, 8, Will, 4, and Clay, 2.

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