8. Members of Catholic churches in the Batesville Deanery learned June 6 how their parishes will be restructured. Archbishop Joseph Tobin held a press conference at St. Louis Church, where he announced his decisions that will affect 30 parishes. Twelve churches have closed or will close: Holy Guardian Angels; St. Mary of the Rock; St. Anne; St. John the Baptist; St. Joseph; St. Martin; St. Paul; St. Denis; St. Mary Magdalene; St. Pius; St. John the Evangelist; and St. Maurice, St. Maurice. Those parishes are in the process of merging with remaining churches. Other churches are being linked and partnered to consolidate services.
The archbishop told some dismayed listeners, “I think this was a respectful process, and I think the archdiocese is going to be healthier, even though that doesn’t take away your pain.”
9. Principals at three of four Batesville public schools began their leadership roles last summer. Batesville High School principal Andy Allen, 35, taught U.S. government there for six years and filled in as interim assistant principal for two months before leaving to gain two years of assistant principal experience, first at North Decatur Junior-Senior High School near Greensburg, then at Plainfield High School near Indianapolis. He served as BHS associate principal for four years. Allen is one of several organizers of Team Batesville, a community health initiative.
David Strouse was approved as the new Batesville Middle School principal, effective July 1. The 38-year-old’s achievements as Greensburg Junior High School principal for the previous three years included 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.
Heather Haunert was named Batesville Primary School principal July 15. The 39-year-old began her career as a BPS third-grade teacher for one year, then worked as an office manager at Lingeman Medical Products, Indianapolis, for three years before returning here. She served as the media specialist at BPS and Batesville Intermediate School from 2000-06, then was the instructional technology specialist at BPS, BIS and St. Louis School from 2006-08 before switching to teaching fifth grade reading and language arts at BIS.