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Clymer Appoints Interim Supervisor

Karen Krause

CLYMER — The Clymer Central School District has found its next superintendent for the time being.

The Clymer School Board at a meeting Thursday approved Karen Krause as interim superintendent under a three-month contract. Ed Bailey, who officially steps down as superintendent Sept. 30, announced his resignation at a Sept. 10 special school board meeting. The board unanimously approved a separation agreement between the school district and the superintendent.

Bailey cited a disagreement between the board’s vision of Clymer’s future and his own as the primary reason for resigning.

“It was better to part ways,” Bailey told The Post-Journal last week.

Krause comes to Clymer with previous superintendent experience in the Ripley Central School District. She retired in 2013 but was brought back on an interim basis in 2018 when the district’s superintendent at the time resigned.

“We felt that with the candidates we interviewed, (Krause) would be the best fit for Clymer school while we move on with the process of choosing a new superintendent,” said Ed Mulkearn, board president.

Mulkearn said the district is still considering its options regarding the longterm solution for the superintendent position. He said the board is considering hiring a full-time employee or utilizing a shared services agreement with another district.

No decisions have been made as of yet, he noted.

The board also approved two other resignations for board member Amanda Stapels and Principal Corey Markham at a meeting Tuesday.

Mulkearn said the board is now focusing on finding Markham’s replacement ahead of Oct. 16 when his resignation becomes effective. The board president said the district can either appoint an interim principal or conduct a search to hire a full-time administrator.

As for the vacant board position, Mulkearn said the board intends to fill the role within the state-mandated 90 days.

Mulkearn, while acknowledging the recent resignations, remained confident in the school district.

“We have a great staff and we have a great student body and we’ve overcome adversity before and we will over come this and come out stronger and better than we went in,” he said.

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