Lochmueller named principal of new school


HUNTERTOWN — The Northwest Allen County Schools Board of School Trustees welcomed district Assistant Director of Special Education Kim Lochmueller back to a familiar role at its meeting Jan. 14. Lochmueller, who served as principal of Cedar Canyon Elementary School for eight years, will take over as principal of the district’s new elementary school when it opens for the 2020-21 school year.

“After some time, I think I realized my heart was really calling me back to working alongside kids,” Lochmueller said. “There’s a lot of beauty to working on behalf of kids and teachers, but my calling is definitely back in the building.”

Lochmueller stepped down as Cedar Canyon’s principal in July of last year to transition to her current position. Now in her 22nd year at NACS, she is excited to return to doing what she loves most.

“I’ve had the opportunity to work in a lot of different buildings, either as a teacher or a coordinator, so I’m excited to see how all those buildings will marry together,” she said. “This position will affect probably five buildings directly and two buildings indirectly, so I’m excited to work with a new group of teachers and make new traditions.”

This won’t be the first time Lochmueller has worked in a brand-new NACS building. After her first year teaching at Huntertown Elementary School, she moved to Hickory Center the first year it opened.

“That’s really exciting to see the whole progression,” she said. “It was fun being out at the groundbreaking and now I’m looking forward to seeing the doors open. When you build a building, there’s going to be hiccups along the way, so I anticipate some challenges, but for the most part just a lot of exciting, new adventures and getting to meet a lot of new teachers and kids.”

Lochmueller will continue in her current role in the district in the meantime.

“We’re happy to be able to do this,” NACS Superintendent Chris Himsel said during Monday’s meeting. “She has proven that she is a highly effective principal, and I definitely understand her dilemma with wanting to be with kids, hearing that calling to serve our children.”

In other news

The school board held its reorganizational meeting Jan. 14, approving the re-election of Kent Somers as board president and Liz Hathaway as vice president. Hathaway nominated board member Kristi Schlatter for 2019 secretary of the board. Schlatter was appointed unanimously by board members.

The board approved the purchase of a 78-passenger school bus for a total of $106,259. The new bus will replace a vehicle that was lost to a fire last year.