• I am excited to be the principal of Central Middle School! The 2019-2020 school year will be my second year back at Central after spending four years as the principal of L Frances Smith Elementary here in Columbus. Prior to going to Smith, I was the assistant principal for five years here at CMS.   That is when I fell in love with working with middle school students and being a Charger!

    Central is an amazing school and I want to work with everyone to make it be the best it can be.    It is my goal to build strong relationships with all the Central students, staff, and families over the next year.   So feel free to use my email (paynej@bcsc.k12.in.us) or phone (812-376-4287) if you have any questions. 

    I just completed my 29th year in education and 19th in BCSC.  My wife Michelle and I moved our three sons to Columbus because we love the town and schools.   All three of my sons attended Central Middle School and had great experiences.   Our twin sons are 21 years old; one attends Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the other attends Wabash College.   Our youngest is a senior at North High School.   We love football (all three played for Columbus North) and traveling!  We just did a Grand Canyon trip last year.

    I look forward to working with all of you!

Last Modified on July 18, 2019