St. Lawrence School Announces New Principal

Posted On April 28, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

St. Lawrence Church and School in Lawrenceburg. file photo

St. Lawrence Church and School in Lawrenceburg.
file photo

(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A local religious school will have a new principal next school year.

St. Lawrence School in Lawrenceburg announced Friday that Michael Odar will become who administrators believe to be the first male principal in the parish’s nearly 175 year history.

Odar is currently at Holy Angels Catholic School in Indianapolis. He has been there for ten years teaching primary, intermediate, and middle-school grades. This year, he became a “master teacher” with responsibilities similar to a vice principal, including discipline and daily operations of the building.

He’s contributed to Holy Angels’ improvement in ISTEP+ test scores, raising school accountability grade 2 levels to an A in 2012-13, and incorporated a school incentive program that emphasized student leadership and mentoring of younger students.

In addition to his work as a teacher, Odar is a legislative liaison to the Indiana Non-Public Education Association and the chairperson of Catholic Identity.

Odar holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from IUPUI and received his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Purdue University.

“The search committee unanimously and enthusiastically recommends Mr. Odar, in part, because of his significant Catholic school experience and genuine connection to students, parents, and teachers,” a news release from St. Lawrence School stated. “Members of the search committee (students, parents, faculty, administrators, and advisory team members) who met with the applicants reported that Mr. Odar is a perfect fit for St. Lawrence.”

Current Principal Karen White is leaving after this year to become principal at Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati.

St. Lawrence School plans opportunities for Odar to meet parishioners, parents, and students in person sometime in the near future.