Pharos-Tribune staff writer

It may be some time before local residents will learn who the next head of the Logansport Learning Academy will be.

School officials are working through applications to determine what changes could be made at the academy, which was named last year after it opened as an alternative school.

Its only principal, Tresa Bowen, was placed on administrative leave last year. On Monday, the Logansport School Board accepted her resignation, which was effective Feb. 10.

“Obviously, she did a lot of successful things at Fairview Elementary,” Thacker said during the board meeting.

The interim principal is Laura Cain, who has directed the school-to-work program for the high school.

Thacker said whatever decision will be reached on the principal will not affect the location of the school.

“I think it will work best if the school remains where it is, which is off-site from the high school and career center,” he said.

In other business:

•Several Logansport teachers and administrators attended the Indiana Student Achievement Institute conference recently, Thacker said, and the corporation was featured as an example in many areas.

•Another Century Career Center student made a solo presentation to the board. Sarah Barnes said her experience with the center allowed her to make a decision about a career in nursing which she plans to pursue. During her years at LHS, she has become a Certified Nursing Assistant as a result of enrolling in the health careers curriculum at the center. Barnes also made not only the Century Career Center Honor Society a year ago, but the Logansport High School Honor Society. “That was kind of a mind-blower,” she told the board. “I really didn’t expect that.” For her senior project, Barnes is hosting a walkathon on River Bluff Trail. Proceeds will benefit Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis where she may some day work in the Neonatal Unit.

•A request from environmental science teacher Scott Johnson to take students on an “Out West Expedition” to Arizona March 18-21 was approved. Board member Dan Slusser said the trip is wonderful for students, but he would like to see some sort of assistance made available to students who cannot afford to take the trip.

•A donation of $600 from the Presbyterian Women of Calvary Presbyterian Church was approved. It will be used to provide school supplies to students in six corporation schools.

•Hirings approved by the board included Ling Castro, an English as a new language instructional assistant at Landis Elementary, Jason Kesler, boys basketball coach at Franklin, and Janet Oliver and Angela Crook, after-school tutors at Columbia Elementary.

Dave Kitchell may be contacted at 722-5000, Ext. 5150, or via e-mail at

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