An educator who led a Logansport elementary school to Indiana Blue Ribbon School status and visits by a governor and U.S. senator has at least temporarily lost her job with the Logansport Community School Corporation.

Tresa Bowen, who became the principal of the Logansport Learning Academy this fall after serving as principal at Fairview Elementary School, has been placed on administrative leave.

Logansport School Supt. Jerry Thacker said Friday the leave was effective at the end of the school day Thursday after he had a conference with Bowen. Thacker said he could neither confirm nor deny any further pending action against Bowen, who has been with the corporation since 1993.

Bowen, who is not covered under the Logansport Education Association teacher contract, will continue to earn a base salary of $74,000 as an administrator, plus a $13,750 stipend she earns for working on special corporation projects. Her contact expires at the end of the school year.

Bowen is being replaced at least temporarily by School to Work Director Laura Cain. Thacker said Cain will continue to work in both her capacities for the same pay. He said she has an administrative license and a vocational director’s license, but he is unsure if those licenses would qualify her to take the principal job on a permanent basis.

Bowen, a Fulton County native, has spent all but this year during her Logansport tenure at Fairview. The school earned recognition for its high ISTEP+ test scores because of its unusually high percentage of students receiving assistance for free and reduced school lunches, which are students considered at-risk.

Both former Gov. Frank O’Bannon and Sen. Evan Bayh visited Fairview.

Dave Kitchell may be contacted at 722-5000, Ext. 5150, or via e-mail at david.kitchell@pharostribune.com.

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