Our Opinion: Here we go again
When Dr. Clark tendered his resignation as school superintendent on Monday night, a song came to mind.
Although, we’re not particularly proud we know the lyrics, we thought of Here I Go Again by 80’s hair-band Whitesnake.
‘I don’t know where I’m goin’
But I sure know where I’ve been
Hanging on the promises in songs of yesterday
An’ I’ve made up my mind, I ain’t wasting no more time
Here I go again, here I go again
Tho’ I keep searching for an answer
I never seem to find what I’m looking for
Oh Lord, I pray you give me strength to carry on
‘Cause I know what it means to walk along the lonely street of dreams.’
Here we go again.
In the past dozen or so years, we’ve had seven superintendents, including a couple interim, giving superintendents an average shelf life of a couple of years in the Warren County School District.
We don’t fault Dr. Clark for resigning.
Anyone who didn’t see this coming is a bit naive.
Earlier in 2015, Dr. Clark had his powers stripped and was nothing more than a face and a title for the district.
We’ll never know what happened that led to Dr. Clark having his duties (re)assigned to Executive Director Amy Stewart.
Something just doesn’t feel right.
This isn’t a knock on Mrs. Stewart. If you look at the district organizational chart through much of this parade of supers, you’ll see one constant, Amy Stewart.
Nonetheless, we’re going to miss Dr. Clark.
He was always professional, thoughtful and genuine with us.
Dr. Clark, you have our utmost respect and we’re sorry to see you go.
It just feels too soon.
Over the next six months, the school board will be tasked with finding a new superintendent.
A practice, sadly, they are well-versed at doing.
If we may offer a suggestion, we know of several current employees of the school district that hold their superintendent’s certificates.
Instead of hiring an expensive consultant to field a group of applicants, the time feels right for an internal candidate to step forward and take the reins of the WCSD. The one thing this district needs more than anything right now is longevity at the top.