Posted on Jun. 10 2015 by Patricia Gibson, Communications DirectorRiverview Elementary School’s next principal will be a familiar face: Lendon Schwartz, who served as assistant principal at the school in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. Michele Kelsay, Riverview’s previous principal, has been asked to take a lead role at the district level for Marion Community Schools.
Schwartz will officially start as Riverview Elementary principal on July 30. He was approved by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees during its regular meeting on June 10.
“Lendon Schwartz will be an outstanding leader for Riverview Elementary,” MCS Superintendent Brad Lindsay said. “Lendon brings character, energy, focus, and execution, and he will serve the students, families, and staff of Riverview well. He has rich educational leadership experiences, including his previous time at Riverview, and he is the right person to take the baton from Michele Kelsay and continue the upward momentum.”
Schwartz began his administrative career at MCS, as assistant principal at Riverview in the 2012-13 school year, after several years as an elementary teacher at Yorktown Elementary School in neighboring Delaware County. After two years at Riverview, he then moved to Allen Elementary for the 2014-15 school year, where he was instrumental in helping to set up an innovative and nationally recognized alternative learning system for students — the first of its kind in Indiana — as part of an ongoing federal school improvement grant awarded and overseen by the state Department of Education.
At Riverview, he will look to continue the successes the school has seen in the past several years under Kelsay’s strong leadership. Riverview has earned an “A” on the annual IDOE report card three out of the last four years.
“I’m thrilled that my first principal position will be at Riverview Elementary; it’s sort of like coming home, since I started my administrative career here, and I know many of the staff, students, and families,” Schwartz said. “At the same time, though, it’s bittersweet. I’m really going to miss the staff and students at Allen. But this opportunity is exactly what I’ve been working toward, and I’m excited to see what this next year brings. I’ll be working closely with Michele to make the transition as smooth as possible, and I want to continue to ensure that the students and staff have every opportunity to succeed.”
Schwartz earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Ball State University, and his master’s degree in elementary education and administrator’s license at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Kelsay is taking on a special assignment at the district level, leading literacy, high ability, and the Response to Instruction learning systems across the school corporation. RtI is a system of student-specific interventions and enhancements aimed at tailoring instruction and other services to best meet the needs of each individual student. She will also be playing a role in expanding professional development opportunities and support for teachers across the district.
“While I am very sad to leave Riverview, because I love the families and the staff and will miss them a great deal, it’s exciting that I will still be able to work with them in this new role,” she said. “I am thrilled to be able to focus on literacy and meeting the needs of our students across the board. I am excited about what we are planning for the future, and I look forward to helping shape the system of learning across the Marion Community Schools district.”
Kelsay added that with Schwartz’s promotion, Riverview remains in good hands.
“It’s very reassuring that Mr. Schwartz is coming back,” she said. “He brings so much to Riverview, with his character and his team-based leadership style. I think the staff will be thrilled because they know him and they know what a strong leader he is.”
Lindsay echoed that praise.
“This is a win-win,” he said. “We strengthen our district with Michele, and we continue to strengthen Riverview with Lendon.”