Two Wabash Valley Shuri-Ryu Karate Academy students were black belted on May 15, an honor bestowed upon them by Sensei Mike Castro (center). Rob Barton (left) and Tommy Music (right) traded in their brown belts when Castro decided that they had earned to move up in rank, according to Music. “It’s an honor to be promoted to black belt,” Music said in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “I cried. It’s seven years coming. Almost seven years that Mr. Barton and I have been coming down (to the dojo) anywhere from five to six days a week, one to two hours at a time. It’s been a long road to now and it’s an honor.” Photo provided
by Emily Armentrout
Wabash City Schools announced on Feb. 28 that Scott Bumgardner, current Wabash Middle School principal and Lady Apache basketball head coach, will be leaving the district at the end of the school year to become business manager for Manchester Community Schools.
Bumgardner has been with Wabash City Schools for the past 13 years, beginning as a middle school social studies teacher and working his way up to principal. As the girls head basketball coach, he led the team to six straight sectional championships and became the district’s winningest basketball coach.
“Scott’s opportunity to advance his career in education is bittersweet,” said Wabash City Schools Superintendent Jason Callahan in a press release from the school district. “Scott’s influence has meant so much to the students, faculty and the community of Wabash. I am sure his legacy will be felt for years to come. Although I am happy for he and his family for this new opportunity, his leadership and friendship will be missed.”
“I am very excited about the school system, the leadership and the community,” Bumgardner told The Paper. “It is a great opportunity for me, but it is also bittersweet because of all the memories here and the great people and opportunity I was given here.”
Bumgardner’s new position at Manchester Community Schools will revolve around finances and facilities. His responsibilities will no longer include coaching.
“I will not be coaching in Manchester school districts. I will be totally focused on the business manager’s position,” added Bumgardner.
Wabash City Schools’ Chief Business Officer Jan Roland, will be retiring at the end of this school year. This is a position for which Bumgardner was selected prior to his acceptance of the job in North Manchester.
That position will see no vacancy, as current athletic director for Wabash City Schools, Matt Stone, will take over as chief business officer beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.
“Matt is very competent, and to me, seems an obvious choice to take the chief business officer position,” Callahan told The Paper.
“Wabash does not plan to wait long on naming a successor for either principal or coach of the Lady Apaches’ basketball program,” assured Callahan. “Once Scott’s resignation is final, I plan to bring the new principal and our new coach to the board for approval. I will do this by the March 17 board meeting. I feel that we have the right leaders to step into the roles and pick up where Scott left off.”
Mike Mattern is slated to become the Wabash Middle School principal after the closing of W.C. Mills at the end of this school year, and there is no word yet on who will become the new athletic director or Lady Apache basketball head coach.
“Wabash City Schools will continue to build on its tradition of excellence,” assured Callahan.