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August 26, 2013

36-year veteran takes principal position

Ron Pittman is settling into a new school year and position at All Saints Catholic School.

Pittman, from southern Indiana, was looking for a bilingual position when he saw an opening for a principal at Logansport’s Catholic elementary school.

Pittman is replacing James McNeany as principal of All Saints Catholic School. McNeany was principal for five years before he took a position as principal of St. Theodore Guerin High School, a Catholic school near Indianapolis.

Before Pittman became an administrator, he was a teacher for 16 years. Pittman was principal at Saint Wendel, Evansville, for nine years and has been a school administrator for 20 years. All told, he’s been with the diocese of Evansville for 23 years.

He also has six years of experience teaching overseas in Colombia. After he returned from South America, he lived in Louisville before moving to Evansville.

Pittman and his wife, Lilia, have a house in Indianapolis together. During the week he lives in Logansport and on the weekend he travels back to Indianapolis.

“I’ve enjoyed meeting students, parents and learning the routines,” Pittman said. “I have an awesome staff.”

In addition to Pittman, the school has two new teachers, Emma Lloyd and Tammy Nystrom. The school also has a new fenced-in playground area. Pavement and a black fence were added at the start of school.

“So far, everything has been running smoothly,” Pittman said.

Father Mike McKinney, who spearheaded the job search committee, agreed, saying the start of school was as smooth as he can ever remember.

McKinney said when he first saw Pittman’s resume, he immediately began calling his references. McKinney said the school has a strong faculty and Pittman will be great in the position with his experience.

“His experience in elementary education will help us to continue to have a good stability,” McKinney said. “He really engages teachers and holds them accountable. He is a man who has faith and lives that out.”

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