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Monday, February 6, 2012

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North Clay Middle School Principal Jeffery Allen
North Clay Middle School (NCMS) Principal Jeffery Allen will not exercise administrative responsibilities during the 2012-13 school year.

During an interview with The Times, Clay Community Schools (CCS) Superintendent Kimberly Tucker confirmed Allen would retire at the conclusion of this semester.

"We will be posting the position on the corporation's website in the next few months," Tucker said.

Allen told The Brazil Times this was not an abrupt decision.

"I've known I'd be retiring for a year," Allen said. "All of the opportunities to have worked with and been associated with the students, parents and staff members have been very memorable ... Working with the students has been very rewarding and enjoyable."

Allen received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana State University and his doctorate of education from Nova University.

He has been a CCS administrator for 21 years, serving as NCMS assistant principal for 15 years and principal for six years.

"It will be business as usual until the last day, and (the hiring process) will be handled by our central office administration," Allen said regarding the remainder of the year.

In addition, Tucker also gave further commentary about the recent administrative switch involving former Clay City Jr./Sr. High School (CCHS) Assistant Principal Michael Owens and former Clay City Elementary School (CCES) Principal Dorene Kenworthy.

During the last CCS school board meeting, board members voted in favor of promoting Owens to the CCES principal position. They also declared Kenworthy as the new transition principal at NCMS.

"We were discussing the position change regarding (Kenworthy) when we received the AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) results earlier in the fall," Tucker said. "We saw how (NCMS) has struggled to make AYP, and how Kenworthy took (CCES) from a C- or D+ rating and turned it completely around. We thought we needed to add more administrative support.

"NCMS has 816 students. Middle school populations in general are all transitioning, and we knew (Kenworthy) would be able to help sixth-graders make an easier transition and provide more support for academic growth."

Tucker added NCMS "has never been an A school," and she said she sees a need for more student-centered instruction.

"Some of the issues lie within curriculum and scheduling problems," Tucker said. "We have some very sound teachers at (NCMS), but all the teachers could benefit from ongoing professional development.

"We need to find solutions to support student learning objectives. (Kenworthy) has already began observing classes and getting a concept of team teaching."



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