June 25, 2013

Wishing Bevan Well Hugs, laughter were found at John Bevan's retirement reception

Hugs, laughter were found at John Bevan's retirement reception

by Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune

---- — Colleagues, friends gathered Monday afternoon at Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School to wish John Bevan, superintendent of Southeastern School Corporation, well during his retirement reception.

Bevan, who spent the last 14 years as superintendent of the corporation, said he has enjoyed every minute of it.

”When you have worked as long as I have worked, you either love it or made a mistake at some point,” Bevan said. “I didn’t make a mistake.”

Bevan, who says he has no regrets at all and wouldn’t have changed a thing, plans to spend time traveling with his wife, Sherry.

The two are planning a trip to Washington D.C. in July and two-week vacation to Europe in September.

Although they plan to travel, they will continue to live in Galveston.

”We’re not going anywhere; it has been very comfortable,” Sherry said. “There will be a smooth transition with two faculty members moving to new positions within the corporation. Parents aren’t going to notice a change.”

Trudie Hedrick, former Galveston Elementary Principal, will become the new Southeastern school corporation superintendent and Barrett Bates, former social studies teacher at Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School, will become the new Galveston Elementary Principal.

Hedrick said it has been beneficial to have time to work with Bevan.

”I couldn’t ask for a better mentor,” Hedrick said. “We have a good relationship and he is great to bounce ideas off.”

Bevan said he planned his retirement ahead so he would have six months to work with someone.

”When you’ve been somewhere 14 years you want to see it succeed,” Bevan said.

Bill Isaacs, former principal of Lewis Cass High School, and Cheryl Lane, Thompson Elementary Technology Coordinator, both said Bevan allowed the school corporation to make changes.

Isaacs said Bevan helped upgrade science lab facilities and instruments and more. Isaacs also said the reception was a nice get together and a chance to see Bevan off.

Lane, who has worked with Bevan for the past 14 years, said she has seen a lot of change throughout that time.

“Technology has been a big component over the years in the corporation,” Lane said. “He has allowed us to do a lot of things.”

Michele Starkey, Logansport Community School Corporation superintendent, also came to see Bevan off during his open house.

Starkey said she thought the reception was great.

“He has been an absolute awesome resource,” Starkey said. “I’m glad to be able to officially say goodbye.”

Dee and Don Watkins, teachers within Southeastern School Corporation, were two of many colleagues, friends to attend the open house.

Bevan hugged them and told him he valued their relationship, saying “It has been great.”

“It’s nice to see people you work with,” Bevan said. “I’ve always believed I work with people, they don’t work for me.

As Bevan looks forward to traveling with Sherry, he said they are also looking forward to the visiting their daughters, Kathy Hinz and Kerry MacPherson.

“We decided it’s time to do something for us,” Bevan said.

Amie Sites is a reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5150 or