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Board hires new principals

Friday, May 18, 2012

While the Clay Community Schools (CCS) Board filled two administrative positions Thursday evening, it also learned it will have to begin the search for another.

During the board's regular monthly meeting, the five members in attendance unanimously approved new principal hirings at both North Clay Middle School and Northview High School.

Upon recommendation from Carolyn Kumpf, Director of Personnel, Data and Food Service, CCS Supt. Kim Tucker asked the board to approve the hiring of Gregory Moe as North Clay's new principal.

In addition, Tucker asked the board to approve the hiring of Ernie Simpson as Northview's new principal.

"We were very successful with our candidates," Tucker told the board. "We felt like we narrowed the field down to four or five real good candidates."

Current North Clay Principal Jeff Allen announced his retirement in February, while current Northview Principal Lynn Romas announced his retirement in recent weeks.

Moe is currently the Principal at Clarksville Middle School near Louisville. He has served as an administrator since 1996.

On Thursday, the Minnesota native said he welcomed the challenge of the new position.

"I look forward to the challenge of working here," Moe told the board after he was unanimously approved. "I think this is a great opportunity, with the challenges in education right now. I think we have a great opportunity to show great growth."

Simpson currently serves as the assistant principal at South Vermillion High School, a position he has had for one year.

The former Physical Education/Health teacher also coached football at North Vermillion High School.

"I've always thought highly of Clay Community Schools," Simpson said, after being unanimously selected as Northview's new principal. "Clay Community Schools has a strong reputation of quality education and environment."

Simpson added he has met many Northview High School graduates throughout his 12 years in education and they all spoke highly of the school and corporation.

While CCS managed to fill two principal positions Thursday, the school board also learned one principal had submitted a letter of resignation.

On Thursday, by a 5-0 vote, the board accepted the immediate resignation of East Side Elementary School principal Mary Ray, effective at the end of her contract this year.

Ray has served as East Side's Principal since the fall of 1992.

The board also approved administrative leaves for East Side teacher Pam Fischer and employee Regina Paullus.

Board President Rob Miller and member Amy Burke Adams were not at Thursday's meeting.

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