Richmond schools appoint new principals in Dennis, Charles, Westview


RICHMOND, Ind. – Over the past two weeks, Richmond Community Schools has welcomed three new principals into its system. Crystal Cooper will take over at Dennis Middle School, Steve Jones will take over duties at Charles Elementary School and Max Smith will begin directing at Westview Elementary School.

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Cooper replaces Andrew Graber, who served in Dennis’ primary role during last spring semester before returning to his hometown for family reasons, according to an RCS statement.

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Cooper earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Oakland University and his master’s degree in instructional leadership from Ball State University. She has served as the vice principal of Mt. Vernon Community Schools for the past five years, the statement said, and has received “numerous” awards throughout her career.

The release adds that Evan Grossman will join Cooper at Dennis as an assistant manager. Grossman earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and his master’s degree in instructional leadership from Butler University. He comes to Richmond from the Warren Township Metropolitan School District in Indianapolis.

Evan Grossman is the new vice principal of Dennis Middle School.

“We are confident that Ms. Cooper and Mr. Grossman have the qualifications, skills and experience necessary to build the legacy of the outgoing leadership team at Dennis Middle School,” RCS Superintendent Curtis Wright said. in the press release.

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Jones, previously manager of Westview, will now take over from Charles. Jones earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Illinois College and his master’s degree in educational administration from Indiana University, and he brings more than 20 years of education experience to his new position.

“I am grateful for the time I spent at Westview Elementary. Students, staff and families have established a community, and I wish them continued success,” Jones said in a separate statement. “I am very excited to join the Charles Elementary Charger family. I look forward to building relationships and working with all students, families, faculty and staff.

Steve Jones is the new principal of Charles Elementary School.

Wright said Charles would benefit from Jones’ leadership, and he’s looking forward to seeing where the school goes from here.

“He understands the importance of relationships – how they build a foundation for community, for school culture, and for the instruction needed to challenge students at all levels,” Wright said in the statement. “He is a recognized leader with a wide range of experiences, and we are thrilled for the students, staff and families of Charles Elementary School.”

As Jones moves on to Charles, Smith will slip into his old position at Westview. Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Ball State University. He taught at RCS in the fall of 2021, but spent the following spring semester as an assistant principal at Union County Schools.

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“I am honored and excited about the opportunity to join the Westview Elementary School family,” Smith said in the statement. “As an alumnus of Westview, I look forward to working and learning alongside staff and partnering with families and the community as we all work together to realize the vision of Richmond Community Schools. “preparing students for lives of choice, purpose, and service.”

Max Smith is the new principal of Westview Elementary School.

Similar to Jones, Wright said Smith will be a positive influence on the Westview community.

“He brings a dynamic outlook that will support Westview’s continued growth toward excellence,” Wright said in the release. “We know he will be a valuable asset at Westview.”

Zach Piatt reports on sports and education for The Palladium-Item. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @zachpiatt13.


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