Tipp board to approve new hires

Board will replace AD and two principals

TIPP CITY — On Monday, the Tipp City school board will vote to hire several administrators.

Though the board does not vote to approve the new hires until June 27, the district made several Facebook posts announcing the selection of a new high school athletic director and a new high school principal, as well as a middle school assistant principal and athletic director.

Pending board approval, JD Foust will serve as the new Tippecanoe High School athletic director. Foust joins the district from Norwood City Schools in Hamilton County, where he served as athletic director for six years.

He also has a decade of coaching experience.

Foust will replace the previous high school athletic director, Matt Shomper, resigned in April following an investigation into alleged irregularities in the athletic accounts.

Also pending board approval, Steve Verhoff will return to the district as the next principal of Tippecanoe High School.

Verhoff previously worked as a social studies teacher and assistant principal at the high school, before serving as the assistant principal of Vandalia-Butler’s Morton Middle School.

Belinda Banks, the previous high school principal, resigned in May.

The board will also vote to approve Clay Lavercombe as the next Middle School athletic director and assistant principal.

Lavercombe has worked for the district since 2006, when he began teaching math at the high school. He also coached bowling and helped to develop the freshman orientation program.

He replaces Assistant Middle School Principal and Athletic Director Katy Barker, who recently took over as principal at Nevin Coppock.

Board will replace AD and two principals