Markham Named Principal At Clymer

CLYMER — Corey Markham has been named principal and director of special education at Clymer Central School after the board approved his appointment Monday during a special meeting.

Former principal Bret Muscarella accepted a position at Jamestown Public Schools last month, leaving the building principal position vacant. The appointment of Markham was approved on Monday allowing for him to shadow Muscarella’s final day on Tuesday.

Superintendent Ed Bailey said Markham was among seven or eight other applicants and one other finalist. Bailey said Markham came highly recommended, including Muscarella’s recommendation as the two previously worked together at Falconer Central School. Markham most recently taught at Falconer as a history teacher.

“We’re really excited about the potential that Mr. Markham has,” Bailey said. “He certainly seems like he is going to fit in here.”

Bailey said Markham interviewed well and seemed to be the best fit for Clymer’s new principal.

“He’s excited about coming and working in a small school environment and having the opportunity to work in all aspects of the education process,” Bailey said.

During the special meeting, the board appointed Kristy Catanese the CTSE and CSE chairperson. Catanese and Markham are scheduled to take a six-day special education training course during August.

The training is not mandated for the position, but Bailey said the two new appointees “can learn a lot from the training.”

The board also approved several other positions including a secondary special education teacher, a elementary special education teacher and an eighth grade living environment teacher. Bailey said the district still has vacancies for a physics and chemistry teacher and a director of psychology position.

The director of psychology duties will be filled through contracting with Erie-2 BOCES and the science teacher will likely be filled by a long-term substitute teacher, according to Bailey.