Principal is hired by BHS

    Kimberly G. Harsh has been hired as the new principal at Bellmont High School,  North Adams Community School's Superintendent Wylie Sirk announced Monday in a press release.
    Harsh has been principal at Hauser Junior-Senior High school in Hope, Indiana, for four years and spent five years as assistant principal at the school.
    She has a bachelor's degree in math and physics from Hanover College and a master's in educational leadership from Indiana University. She is currently completing an education specialist degree with a major in district leadership from Indiana State University.
    “North Adams Community Schools and Bellmont High School are excited to welcome Kim Harsh as principal at Bellmont High School. Her experiences match the initiatives and direction at Bellmont and North Adams,” Sirk said in his statement.
    The superintendent said Harsh's work has involved key initiatives such as training with teachers in Project Base Learning, which develops activities that provides hands-on learning experiences for students with real life applications. Harsh is certified as a RISE evaluator, which prepares her for the new teacher evaluation process, he said.
Bussel named
    Sirk also reported that board members have selected Stacey Bussell from among three candidates to fill a vacancy on the board. Bussell will fill the unexpired term of former board member Don Elder, who resigned earlier this month due to family health reasons.
    Bussell's term will run through June of 2015. Other candidates for the vacancy were Derek Vrablic and Bob Thomas.