• I am excited to return as the principal of Central Middle School starting the 2018-19 school year after spending the last 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 28th year in education and 18th 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 20 years old; one attends Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the other attends Wabash College.   Our youngest is a junior at North High School.   We love football (all three play for their schools) and traveling!  We just did a Grand Canyon trip this past summer.

    I look forward to working with all of you!

Last Modified on June 18, 2018