Thomas Rohr, superintendent of Clay Community Schools for 13 years, was selected to serve as superintendent of Greater Clark County School Corporation last night. His official starting date is July 1, 2003.
In a statement prepared for The Brazil Times, Rohr said, "During those 13 years I have worked with many outstanding teachers, staff members and community members as well as had the opportunity to watch many exceptional children benefit from our school corporation...there have been many quality improvements and satisfying accomplishments in the school system."
Naming a few, he said the positive working relationship with teachers and staff made his job most enjoyable and the community is fortunate to have such a dedicated and caring staff. He said he is also proud of the academic progress.
"Given the demographics and socio-economic status of the community, we can take great pride in knowing that our students out-perform many other communities with similar characteristics. The community should also be very proud of the facility improvements in the district which were built with very little tax impact on the local property taxpayer and the cost effective operation of all facilities," Rohr said.
Facility improvements include North Clay Middle School, new alternative education facility, soon to be opened pre-school, renovated Jackson Township Elementary School and improved technology throughout the district.
"Furthermore, for the past several years, Clay Community Schools has been financially sound, which has allowed the school corporation to make the necessary improvements in staffing and programming," he added.
Rohr now has a professional opportunity at Greater Clark, located in southeast Indiana adjacent to Louisville, Ky. The district has approximately 10,000 students among three high schools, three middle schools and 17 elementary schools.
"From all indications, it is a growing, successful school corporation with a very harmonious board that works cooperatively with the administration to provide direction and leadership to the corporation," he said.
The president of the Indiana Schools Board Association is also on the school board for Greater Clark.
"Leaving Clay Community Schools is very difficult because of all the wonderful friends my family and I have made in the community. However, I leave knowing that I have provided the best leadership within my ability and hopefully, the community recognizes the many improvements that have taken place through the work of staff over the last several years," he said.
Rohr said he also knows it's time for this school corporation to move forward with new leadership and to build on the foundation that has been established.
"I wish the staff and community the best as they continue to make Clay Community Schools the best it can be," he said.