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Romas retires after 30 years

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

After more than 30 years in education, Northview High School Principal Lynn Romas will step down from his position at the end of this year. [Order this photo]
Northview High School Principal Lynn Romas will be passing the administrative torch to another individual after the school year is over; he will retire.

"The decision to retire was a difficult one," Romas told The Brazil Times. "I've always worked hard my entire life. I grew up as a farm boy, and work is just part of my anatomy."

The former science teacher added he plans to take time to travel and spend quality time with his wife, Julie, who's been retired for two years.

"I've never had the chance to do that ... I also plan to make more time for friends and family that was impossible when I was an administrator," Romas said.

Romas' colleague Clay Community School Assistant Superintendent and former Northview High School Principal Tim Rayle said Romas brought experience, a depth of knowledge and a genuine passion to help the students succeed to the corporation, and he will be missed.

"Lynn was a great resource during my time as principal at Northview," Rayle said. "He was always smiling and cared deeply about every student in the school. He had the toughest job for the majority of the time when I was there. He was in charge of discipline. In that position, someone was always upset with him. I am impressed with the fact that the majority of students who had discipline problems would later search Lynn out and compliment him."

Rayle added Romas became a friend to him, as well as an astonishing co-worker.

"He takes the success of every student to heart. I know that he spent many sleepless nights worrying about the success of individual students," Rayle said. "Hopefully, we will be able to find a principal for NHS who cares as much about the students as Lynn does. I am proud to say that I was able to not only develop a working relationship with Lynn, but I was also able to develop a friendship with him."

Romas began his career with CCS as a biology teacher at Brazil Junior High School, after he left his job as a science teacher at Edgewood Middle School (EMS) in 1975.

In 1987, Romas returned to the Ellettsville school system and accepted his first administrative position as assistant principal at EMS.

He was only there a year before accepting a position as the assistant principal in charge of discipline at Terre Haute South Vigo High School.

In 1994, Romas returned to CCS as the assistant principal at NHS in charge of curriculum and instruction, before becoming principal in 1996.

"Personally, one of the most touching moments for me would have to be the day I was released from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after a six-week stay for a Blood Stem Cell transplant for treatment for small cell Non --Hodgkin's Lymphoma," Romas said.

He added it was gently snowing right before Christmas in 1997.

During the ride home, Romas and his wife received word the school had announced his release to the NHS students.

"I heard that students and teachers cheered," Romas reflected. "Then, upon our return home, the band played, in the snow, on our front yard to welcome me home."

For a brief period of time, Romas returned to teaching biology at NHS, but in the fall of 2003, he resumed an administrative role as NHS assistant principal, which he retained until he once again became principal July 2011.

Romas also shared that some of his most challenging days included when he learned one of his students had perished in an accident.

"The personal and school-wide grief is extraordinarily heavy," Romas said. "I recall watching the funeral procession of Greg Stultz, a Northview graduate, who died in Iraq, drive by our building with all of our students standing by the side of the driveway. The absolute silence was one of the most touching things I have ever witnessed. I knew Greg well and enjoyed seeing him at school."

Another, more lighthearted, time Romas recalled was the evening he camped out in the school building.

"I will never forget when I had to spend the entire night at Northview because a boys' Varsity basketball game with South Vermillion was canceled because of inclement weather during halftime of the game," Romas said. "The opposing team had to stay at the school all night long. Roads were closed, and they could not travel safely back home. So I stayed with them until seven the next morning."

Romas said it's also been a challenge to uphold state law, school board mandates and central office requests as well as defend his position to parents and students who've found fault with him.

"Thankfully, those moments were rare," Romas said. "It was always my goal to not allow anyone to leave my office angry."

Romas summed up his career by saying he feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet and teach amazing students.

"(I've met students who were) ambitious, kind and gifted," Romas said. "A week seldom passes where I do not meet a past or present student who engages me in a rewarding and inspiring conversation."

He added watching parents try to help their children has always been a "fascinating" pastime for him.

"Some were intriguing and challenging, while most were just willing to work as partners with me, helping their children," Romas said.

In addition, Romas hasn't forgotten the teachers who worked alongside him.

"Their willingness to go the extra mile was always inspiring," Romas said.

The corporation will choose a replacement principal for NHS at a later date.

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A wonderful man who helped raise a lot of kids in our community. I had Lynn in the 70's at BJHS. He was a gentle giant of a man and always respectful of us kids. We are losing a wonderful educator. Enjoy some travel time with Julie, Lynn. God Bless you both!

-- Posted by angelinbluejeans on Wed, May 9, 2012, at 10:04 PM

Thanks Mr. Romas for being a caring and engaging teacher. I'm better off for knowing you. Science class at BJHS was enjoyable! I know the periodic table because of you! Enjoy your retirement!

-- Posted by Opinion1 on Thu, May 10, 2012, at 8:06 AM

What more can you about a man and a career---Lynn Romas has positively impacted the lives of thousands of students. He is well liked and respected by his peers and a friend to many. He has made a difference. We should all be so lucky to make our time on earth count for so much. Well done Mr. Romas----good for you.

-- Posted by alias on Thu, May 10, 2012, at 4:39 PM

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