After 41 years of impacting the lives of school children, Paul Sinders retirement announcement re-ceived an emotional standing ovation from the crowd at the Clay Community School Board meeting Thursday evening.
Effective June 30, Sinders will step down as principal of Clay City High School.
"I'm probably the only person here that can say they have had the privilege of working with every superintendent since 1964," he said to the crowd's amusement. "I'll be looking for a part time job soon. If you know of one, call me."
Sinders' energetic manner has been a driving factor in Clay City High School receiving Four Star School, and earned him the admiration of students and staff throughout the school corporation.
"I wanted to leave the school while things were going well. And they are."
After thanking his wife for her patience and understanding throughout his career, he closed with: "I'm a proud American, and it's been my pleasure to work in this community."
Ted Jackson, President of the Clay Community School Board addressed Principal Sinders after the crowd returned to their seats: "This board and community is indebted to you for your tireless dedication in teaching our children."
Steven Grigsby added, "Paul Sinders is Mr. Clay City. We're going to miss him."