ST. JOHN — When a vacancy occurs in the Lake Central Schools, it draws a crowd of applicants.
When Glenn Brown retired after six years as Protsman Elementary School principal, two dozen people applied for the job, Lake Central Superintendent Larry Veracco said.
Of those, 14 were interviewed by a committee that included three teachers, three administrators, a principal and a School Board member.
On Tuesday the School Board approved the hiring of Kathy Sapyta, currently the principal at Salk Elementary School in Merrillville.
Sapyta said she has been in education for 35 years, starting as a teacher for the Gary Catholic Diocese and then as an elementary school teacher in the Merrillville schools. She was a principal in the Griffith Schools for two years before getting the job at Salk four years ago.
"I'll always be a teacher first," she said following Tuesday's Lake Central School Board action.
"I'm really excited for this opportunity. I loved the administration and staff at Salk, but I've heard so many positive things about Lake Central."
Veracco said Brown gave the school good service, and the teachers on the selection committee were anxious because they wanted to find someone to follow Brown whom they could trust. A large contingent of the Protsman staff attended the board meeting to show support for Sapyta's hiring.
The appointment is effective with the start of the next school year July 1.