LIZTON — When Northwest Hendricks School Corporation opens its doors to students Aug. 13, there will be some familiar names in new places. The corporation announced multiple high level staff changes for the coming year.
Adam Benner, formerly the assistant principal at Tri-West High School, has been promoted to principal, replacing James Diagnostino, who left to take an assistant superintendent position with Mooresville schools.
Kelly Simpson, who served as high school principal at North Harrison High School for the past 12 years, will take the assistant principal position while Tiffany Cox, who was an art teacher at both North Salem Elementary and the past two years at Tri-West Middle School, was named assistant principal and athletics director, replacing Gary Martin who has retired.
Ron Ward, assistant superintendent of the NWHSC, said the changes will bring opportunities.
“I see the administration being experienced people who can help with the younger administrators with how they’ve done in the past, what has worked and what hasn’t,” he said.
Benner a bachelor of science degree from Indiana State University and a master’s degree and principal certification from Indiana Wesleyan University. He said he’s looking forward to his new assignment.
“My goal is to improve as many young lives as possible through my role as a servant leader at Tri-West,” Benner said.
Ward said Cox has a perfect attitude for her new position.
“Tiffany Cox was a teacher on the middle school level and she’s just a really good fit,” he said. “She had been involved a lot with the school’s improvement plan process. She was instrumental in the middle school being named a school to watch, so it was just a natural fit.”
Cox is also a Tri-West alumnus who received her undergraduate degree from ISU as well, and her principal certification from Ball State University.
“Tiffany is very passionate about Tri-West,” Ward said. “Like last year I know she stepped up when they didn’t have a teacher in charge of the drama because the one that had been doing it took a year’s leave of absence from it to work on a master’s degree. So she stepped up to take over that position and put on the school play that was performed in the winter. That speaks a lot that she wanted kids to have that opportunity. That’s just the type of person she is.”
Simpson earned a bachelor’s degree from Oakland City University, a master’s degree from ISU, and his principal certification from Xavier University.
“Mr. Simpson brings a great deal of experience to our corporation and will be a great asset to Mr. Benner,” Ward said.