FORT BRANCH­—Owensville Community School will have a new principal next school year.

South Gibson school trustees hired Tasha (Morgan) Jourdan Tuesday night. She succeeds Mike Woods, who will retires at the end of the school year after 33 years as principal.

Jourdan, who previously worked at Gibson Southern High School as a teacher’s aide, said she’s excited to be back in her hometown.

“This is where I wanted to be,” she said.

The 1998 GSHS graduate worked for the Vanderburgh School Corporation for 13 years, as a math teacher for 11 years and a professional development specialist for two years. This will be her first position as principal.

She said she wants to do what’s best to benefit the school. “Once I get my hands on documents, I can put a plan together.”

Jourdan said she will continue to use the “my door is always open” policy. She said she wants to help parents get their children where they want them to be academically.

Jourdan and husband Jeremy Jourdan have three children: Parker, 7, Adriana, 13 and Kate, 22.

“We’re very excited about her coming aboard and joining the staff at Owensville,” Superintendent Stacey Humbaugh said.

Other personnel changes approved:

  • Marvin Susott, Ron Kahle, Pat Bengert, Derek Barton, and Jennifer Lintzenich were hired to teach geography and world history summer school at GSHS.
  • Donya Bengert, Wendy Garrison, and Scott Putler were hired to teacher summer school Indiana reading evaluation and determination.
  • The resignation of Fort Branch Community School special education teacher’s aide Tim Dunkel and FBCS special education life skills teacher Jamie Newcomb.

Other items approved:

  • An overnight trip to Washington, D.C. in March 2018 for Fort Branch Community School seventh and eighth grade students to visit historical sites.
  • An overnight trip for cheer teams in June and tennis in May for tournaments.
  • Gibson Southern High School summer camps.
  • The 2017-18 student handbook for OCS.

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