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Local Education

September 3, 2013

Clark will act as ACS superintendent until interim steps in

Assistant superintendent has no plans to go for the permanent role

ANDERSON — Anderson Community Schools probably won’t name a new superintendent until next spring, and even an interim likely won’t be voted in until early October.

In the meantime, while former Superintendent Felix Chow has retired and moved to Michigan, Assistant Superintendent Beth Clark will be acting in his stead.

Clark, who oversees the progress of ACS’ academics, said she plans to approach the role of superintendent on an “as needed basis.” She’ll step in if an executive decision is needed, work directly with school board President Jean Chaille, address parent concerns or point them in the direction of an administrator who can help.

“Other than that, I see us carrying on,” she said.

And when Clark says “carrying on,” she means continued work on this year’s theme of improving instruction and keeping up on initiatives like the eight-step process.

She did note she wants to focus on communication between schools and parents and building community participation during her month or so with the added responsibilities.

Clark added, though, that she doesn’t have plans to run for the interim or permanent superintendent position.

“I’m happy where I am,” she said.

“Being superintendent is a full-time job,” board member Tim Long added. And Clark right now has her “hands full with a whole range of things” as ACS works on curriculum development, getting the Ebbertt Education Center ready to open as Anderson High School’s College and Career Readiness Center and continuing the eight-step process.

While he said Clark would do great in the interim position, she’s been “key in keeping that (the eight-step process) together and making it work.”

The interim, whoever it may turn out to be, will likely step in around Oct. 1, Long said. But to get to that point, it’s going to take a “lengthy process.”

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