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Imagine school board meets new principal

– The Imagine MASTer Academy board saw a new face at its meeting Wednesday as interim Principal Amanda Hernandez was introduced.

Hernandez replaces former Principal Jim Huth, who left this month to become athletic director at Bishop Luers High School.

Hernandez said the transition has been smooth, and her promotion from an apprentice leader – a position like an administrator in training – to principal was done to ensure consistency at the school. She said she has been meeting and talking with parents to answer questions and address concerns since Huth’s resignation.

Hernandez started as a fourth-grade teacher at Imagine MASTer Academy when the school opened in 2006. She moved with her students to fifth grade, where she stayed for two years before becoming an apprentice leader for two years. She has a bachelor’s in elementary education from the University of Indianapolis.

During its meeting Wednesday, the board unanimously approved the school’s 2013 budget, which shows a net income of $6,000.

The total budget is about $5.8 million, with the largest line items being rent for the facility at $816,000; facility operation costs at $405,000; and school services at $661,000.

The school’s revenue is down slightly from last year because of an enrollment drop of 30 to 40 students, Hernandez estimated.

The school currently enrolls about 700 students in grades K-8.