By Stuart Hirsch
The Herald Bulletin
---- — PENDLETON — Andrew Kruer, assistant principal of Pendleton Heights High School since 2010, was unanimously approved by the South Madison Community Schools Board of Trustees on Thursday as the new principal of East Elementary.
He succeeds longtime East Elementary Principal Gayle Gernand, who recently announced her intention to retire at the end of this school year.
Kruer, 37, joined South Madison in 2006, serving as assistant principal of East Elementary before moving to the high school.
"I would like to thank the board for allowing me to have this incredible opportunity," Kruer said after the board's vote. "The opportunity to go back to East Elementary is one I'm very excited about."
Kruer said he'll have big shoes to fill
"Mrs. Gernand has done a fantastic job of leading East Elementary and I'm excited for the opportunity to be a part of that success."
Joe Buck, superintendent of South Madison Schools, said Kruer has excelled throughout his career here.
Before joining South Madison, Kruer was a teacher in Lawrence Township, Indianapolis, and at a high school in Dearborn County.
In other news, Laura Miller, director of instructional and staff development, announced preliminary results for the IREAD-3 tests that third-graders across the state took last month.
She told the board that the overall pass rate for South Madison students was 91.2 percent among the 338 children who took the test. She added that 24 students had perfect scores.
Students who did not pass the the test — there were about 30 — she said, will have an opportunity to retest over the summer.
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Next meeting South Madison Community Schools board will meet 7 p.m. April 17.