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."
"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.