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Administrators start new positions

Friday, January 13, 2012

Two Clay Community School (CCS) administrators are transitioning into new positions after a 4-1-1 vote in favor of the decision passed Thursday evening.

During the CCS board meeting, Clay City Elementary School (CCES) Principal Dorene Kenworthy was named Transition Principal at North Clay Middle School (NCMS), with board member Forrest Buell opposing and Secretary Ron Scherb abstaining.

"We looked at NCMS and how it's struggled to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP-a state evaluation measurement) and decided they needed to have more administrative support," CCS Superintendent Kimberly Tucker told The Brazil Times. "(Kenworthy) will be particularly great with helping to transition sixth-graders. With the help of some outstanding teachers, (Kenworthy) has helped CCES achieve an "A" AYP status, and we believe she can do the same at NCMS."

Kenworthy said she has several solid goals to bring with her to NCMS.

"I will be working with teachers, students and parents to increase student achievement in all aspects of education," Kenworthy said. "There are more than just test scores, even though that's a lot of it. It's getting to know the students and meeting their needs."

During the patron comments portion of the meeting, fifth-grade teacher and 2011's Golden Apple Award Winner Joanie Mitchell gave her opinion.

"It's no small thing to have leaders who have your back," Mitchell said. "Both Tucker and Kenworthy have a talent for mentoring. Our corporation is blessed to have you both."

Meanwhile, Clay City Jr./Sr. High School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Michael Owens will replace Kenworthy as CCES Principal.

"It will be (Owens') first year as building principal," Tucker said. "We are excited, and we are sure he will do a great job."

Owens said although he and Kenworthy have accepted their positions, they will still be performing double duties at the schools until the transition is complete.

"I will be working very closely with (Kenworthy), with a very strong focus on pursuing the vision of CCES," Owens told The Brazil Times. "My duties will be different. As assistant principal, I dealt with discipline and overseeing athletics. As a new principal, I will be evaluating the school and acclimating myself to the school and the position."

Owens added he will be working to maintain CCES at "A" level AYP status and looking at how changes in state level education will effect CCES.

"We are going to do what's in the best interest of students," Owens said.

In addition, the school board voted unanimously in favor of posting the opening for Owens' former position on the corporation's website.

Board officials also renewed all other administrative contracts for 2012-13.

The CCS school board meets regularly on the second Thursday of every month.

The next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the North Clay Middle School Media Center.

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It seems that this explanation of low test scores isn't a very good reason to place yet another administrator in the corporation. Wouldn't the benefit of having at least 2 new teachers, who would be paid less than 1 administrator reach the needs of the students more effectively? Once again the community that supports CCS isn't given the honest reasons for what the administration does, and I question whether the Board ever knows either. We find it quite strange to move administrators mid-year, so what really happened? It is no secret that Kenworthy was not well received at Clay City, in fact only had minimal support from her own staff. It is also no secret that the reason CCE excels is due to active parents, responsible children and hard working teachers. Humiliation, intimidation and manipulation is not what keeps CCE at a high level hopefully that will end now. Great success is not something new that came in with Kenworthy. It was evident with prior Principals: Doug Inman, & Jon Russel. Mike Owens will do a wonderful job, if given the proper support. He is hardworking & caring and will definitely provide an environment that cares for the community and the children. So, great job on moving CCE into a better environment, but at the expense of the entire corporation? How can we afford ANOTHER principal.....how about we get rid of the people who don't do their job, rather than "transition" them. Silly.

-- Posted by __2--- on Sat, Jan 14, 2012, at 1:18 PM

must be related to someone... what ever happened to think of the kids. by the comment above , it appears that her own co workers didn't support her.

2 teachers for the price of 1 administrator. Is CCS that STUPID? I'll take as a yes.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Sat, Jan 14, 2012, at 6:21 PM

"Administrators start new posistions" Ok, I'll bite, what is a posistion???

-- Posted by Matt Dillion on Sat, Jan 14, 2012, at 8:21 PM

It seems the public has some false information. Dorene Kenworthy was well received by the staff at CCE. The majority of the staff has enjoyed working with her. As in all avenues of life you will have a select few that can't be made happy, and they are usually the most vocal, unfortunately. The changes Dorene have made at CCE have been for the good of the students. I'm sure she and Michael will do well in their new positions. Although it seems that both CCE and CCHS will be left short-handed during this transition. Couldn't it have been done at the end of the year when a replacement could have been found during the summer?

-- Posted by shadow123 on Sun, Jan 15, 2012, at 2:42 PM

Wow shadow123....maybe you have some false info? Kenworthy was not a good fit at Clay City. Never was. The staff did not enjoy working with her. She treated people very poorly, the community and staff are breathing a sigh of relief that she is gone. The corporation should have done something about her long ago.

-- Posted by __2--- on Sun, Jan 15, 2012, at 2:58 PM

This is the corporations sweep it under the rug for shaking the crap out of a child.

-- Posted by kd323 on Sun, Jan 15, 2012, at 3:25 PM

Well the principal at NCMS is resigning at the end of the year and both Terre Haute and Brazil papers report the poor performance of NCMS in state standards. Maybe the Superintendent things Ms. Kenworthy can clean it up.

-- Posted by patriotgames on Sun, Jan 15, 2012, at 9:22 PM

I'm not sure where ___2 gets their information, but I can assure you the majority of the teachers did support Mrs. Kenworthy. In fact they loved her. The staff members you are referring to must be those who did not like the work load added to them. The great majority of which are not teachers. I could name the Teacher's who didn't support her. It would be similar to the list of Teacher's who haven't supported anything that requires changing the way things have always been done. In all of my years dealing with school administrators (I am not a teacher) I have never been more impressed with anyone as I have with Mrs. Kenworthy. NMS should be happy to have her on staff.

-- Posted by commonman1 on Mon, Jan 16, 2012, at 3:23 PM

Wow! Sounds like Ms. K is a very polarizing figure !

-- Posted by patriotgames on Mon, Jan 16, 2012, at 8:34 PM

Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth...Albert Einstein

-- Posted by notyou40 on Mon, Jan 16, 2012, at 8:35 PM

what a waste of tax payer money but nothing new different board same results.it is really to bad we can't have 2 different corp.so all the mistakes mr.buell makes don't cost us money in the north.

-- Posted by automan on Mon, Jan 16, 2012, at 11:40 PM

automan- It is funny that the one board member who would probably stand up to agree with the two different corporations is Dr. Buell. Dr. Buell may have some ideas that not everybody agrees with, and he may take up more time during meetings than we'd like, but any mistake he makes wouldn't be his alone as anything he proposes has to receive a majority vote of the board. Also, I don't believe ensuring that things are done legally and above board is a mistake.

-- Posted by snow on Tue, Jan 17, 2012, at 1:48 PM

"Can't we all just get along?" Rodney King

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Tue, Jan 17, 2012, at 3:00 PM

Thank you commonman1 for stating the facts, just as I did. It's strange how people that visit the school occasionally feel they know more than the ones who work there.

-- Posted by shadow123 on Tue, Jan 17, 2012, at 7:19 PM

automan. How is what you are saying have anything to do with the subject matter? And I really had to laugh out loud on your idiotic comment about costing money up north. Are you serious??

-- Posted by Jed on Tue, Jan 17, 2012, at 7:45 PM

anyone will b better than mr. allen. good luck @ mc donalds

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Fri, Jan 20, 2012, at 3:04 PM

Very aggrevated that we are losing Mrs. Kenworthy. She did a wonderful job CCE. Most of the staff and many parents respected her hard work and determination to raise scores. It seems like those who complain the most or know the right people get what they want, even if it is not in the best interest for everyone! Although Mr. Owens will be fine, it was nice to see positive change taking place. I guess some people just can't handle hard work and determination.

-- Posted by Overtherainbow on Sun, Jan 22, 2012, at 3:52 AM

According to this Times article, Kenworthy is heading to North Clay to raise scores. Why not utilize this apparent "gift" she has? After all, it is all about the children, right? I sympathize with Mr. Owens since it seems he's heading into a mess by having to be in a building where most of the staff have lost their beloved principal. As an outsider looking in, I can't help but wonder if there is more to the story than what the public and Clay City Elementary staff really know. Moving an administer at mid term certainly makes me wonder what really happened to cause the swift move!

-- Posted by annasnana on Sun, Jan 22, 2012, at 2:10 PM

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