Clark resigning from S. Harrison
South Harrison Community School Corp. Supt. Dr. Neyland Clark submitted his resignation to the corporation’s board of trustees last night (Tuesday) at its July meeting. Prior to the board meeting, he said the only people who knew of his intentions were his family and South Harrison school board president Mary Mathes. Clark was to inform the board’s officers prior to the meeting and submit a formal letter during the public portion of the meeting.
Clark’s resignation, if accepted, will be effective at the end of the 2013-14 school year, marking 18 years with the system and nearly 30 years as superintendent. He previously had served at Cape Giradeau, Mo., from 1991 to 1995, and in Bullitt County, Ky., from 1987 to 1991. He also was assistant superintendent in the Brown County School Corp. from 1984 to 1987, after serving as the Brown County Junior High School principal from 1980 to 1983.
Clark, 62, said yesterday that he believes he’s served the South Harrison district well and it’s a good time for the district to make a transition. He said he has no immediate plans to move to another superintendent position.
‘I’m very appreciative of the opportunity, and it was an honor to work here for 18 years,’ he said yesterday afternoon. ‘We’ve got good people in good places, and I feel like, if I can get the corporation through the next few months, then it gives another person the opportunity to come and take this district to the next level.’
Clark beat out 26 other applicants when he was hired in 1996 (his first day on the job was July 1) to succeed Kenneth Kidd, who accepted a superintendent’s job at Seymour after a five-year term at South Harrison.