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Clymer Appoints Interim Principal

Kirby Oldham was appointed as the interim principal in the Clymer Central School District. Oldham previously served as the interim principal in the Ripley Central School District in 2018. P-J file photo by Jordan W. Patterson

CLYMER – Within a month, Clymer has two new faces at the helm of its administration.

The Clymer Central School Board of Education on Thursday appointed Kirby Oldham as the interim principal during a special meeting effective Oct. 7.

Corey Markham, the current principal, announced his resignation last month that is effective Oct. 16. Oldham previously served as the interim principal in the Ripley Central School District in 2018.

Additionally, Superintendent Ed Bailey announced his resignation on Sept. 10 that became effective Sept. 30. The resignations of Markham and board member Amanda Stapels were announced at the Sept. 17 meeting.

The Clymer board has since appointed Karen Krause as the interim superintendent while exploring other options during its superintendent search. Krause, who is under a three-month contract, previously served as superintendent and interim superintendent in the Ripley Central School District.

Similarly, Krause and Oldham served in interim capacities in Ripley simultaneously.

The board recently submitted letters of interest regarding shared services, the tuitioning of students and possible merger to the boards of education in Panama and Sherman. Both school districts have tentatively expressed interest in meeting with Clymer officials.

Last month, the board was faced with three vacancies but is now only left with filling its remaining board seat.

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