David Strouse was approved as the new Batesville Middle School principal, effective July 1, by Batesville Community School Corp. trustees June 24. Melvin Siefert, the past principal, has accepted a job as Plainfield High School principal.
Superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts reports, “Dave brings a wealth of educational experience to our school corporation, including administrative experience at the middle school level. He is data-driven, student-focused and goal-oriented. He focuses on making decisions that are in the best interest of students and has demonstrated the ability to positively lead his students, faculty and staff. He will fit with the ‘Believe in Better’ attitude of our school corporation.”
Strouse says, “I was elated and humbled all at the same time when I was named principal. Batesville Community School Corp. is an award-winning school system in which I look forward to continuing the commitment to academic excellence.”
The 38-year-old explains why he wants to be a principal: “I went into education to have a positive impact on students. As a teacher, I could impact my classroom, but administration has allowed me to develop the culture within a school building to impact all students in a positive way.”
Strouse has earned two degrees from Ball State University, a bachelor’s in secondary education in 1997 and a master’s in educational administration and supervision in 2008.
His achievements as Greensburg Junior High School principal for the past three years include increasing the amount of instructional time for each class by 13 percent, implementing the state’s RISE teacher evaluation system as a pilot school during the 2011-12 school year, starting reading and math remediation programs and designing collaboration time into the school day. Strouse was involved with an Indiana State Board of Education Spotlight on Learning in October 2011.
He began his educational career as a GJHS eighth-grade social studies teacher in 2000-01, then was a Greensburg Community High School teacher in that subject from 2001-06. Strouse served as GJHS assistant principal and athletic director from 2006-10 before earning the top spot.