12/23/11 The Union-North United School Corporation will be starting the New Year with a new superintendent in place. School Board President Mark Dickson announced on Thursday that the board has chosen Mitch Mawhorter to begin the duties of the top position on January 2.
Mawhorter will be officially named during a school board meeting on Wednesday, January 28. The meeting has been set for 7:00 p.m. in the LaVille Jr.-Sr. High School library. According to Dickson, there will be a short reception after the meeting to give patrons of the corporation an opportunity to meet Mawhorter.
The position is currently being filled by Interim Superintendent Julie Lauck. During a meeting on September 22, the Board unanimously approved the appointment of Lauck as Interim Superintendent. She officially began with the corporation on October 3 to coincide with the departure of former Superintendent Dr. Terry Barker. Barker was named as Superintendent of School City of Mishawaka. Although Lauck’s last official day with the school system will be January 1, she has agreed to be available during the transition to answer any questions that may arise.
Mitchell (Mitch) Mawhorter has served as the Principal of Jimtown Jr. High School since 2009. Prior to moving to the Jr. High level, he was the Principal of Jimtown North Elementary for two years, Assistant Principal of Jimtown High School for two years, Assistant Principal of Jimtown Intermediate for two years, and Assistant Principal /math teacher at Jimtown Jr. High School for one year. From 1989-2011, he taught both language arts and math and the junior high level.
Wawhorter has been a junior high basketball coach for eleven years and football coach for three years.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with Coaching Endorsement from Purdue University (1989), a master’s degree in Elementary Education and Elementary and Secondary Administration and Supervision from Indiana University (2002). He received his educational specialist degree in Education from Indiana State University in 2008.
Carol Anders Correspondent