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New CCHS AD starts Monday

Friday, March 30, 2012

Robert Boltinghouse
Robert Boltinghouse will begin his duties as the new Clay City High School (CCHS) Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Monday, April 2.

"I am thankful for the position," Boltinghouse told The Brazil Times. "Whenever you interview for a job and you are the one chosen, it means they believe in you."

For the past eight years of his career, Boltinghouse has worked for Edgewood High School as a special services teacher for students with severe disabilities, both physical and emotional, and the last half was spent as assisting in a transitional behavior management program.

CCHS Principal Jeff Bell said he thinks Boltinghouse will serve the school well.

"He's a fine young man and came very highly recommended," Bell said. "We thought he possessed the characteristics we were looking for. We wanted a hard worker with good ethics who was a people person and had good interactions with our students, faculty and colleagues."

Boltinghouse graduated from Indiana State University in 2002 with a Bachelor's degree in elementary education, and he was also an All-State football player while enrolled.

Later, he continued his education at Indiana University (IU) and earned his Master's in special education in 2007.

In June 2010, Boltinghouse completed his administrator's licensure program at IU.

"At Edgewood I held different positions that were smaller-scale administrative-type positions," Boltinghouse explained. "With the behavior management program, they were sending all the kids to me, instead of to the office, and I really started to enjoy working with them."

Boltinghouse said he believes discipline isn't just about punishment.

"It's about correcting the behavior," he explained. "All behavior is telling us something. It's a learning opportunity for us to help a student meet their own needs in an appropriate way."

Boltinghouse has also had experience in coaching both of the school's football and track teams, and he was responsible for setting up the track team's invitational meets.

Boltinghouse added he felt CCHS was a good fit for him personally and professionally.

"I liked the small town feel, and I'd already been in the area with my coaching experiences," he said. "The character and conduct of the students I met here when I came to interview and visit was outstanding."

Boltinghouse said he plans to finish coaching at Edgewood for the remainder of the track season while beginning his new position at CCHS and added he hopes to be an asset to the school.

"I want to be supportive to the teachers and students," Boltinghouse said. "I want the students to see me as firm, fair and to feel comfortable coming to me. I want to be a part of the good things going on at Clay City."

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