Superintendent key issue in Clark-Pleasant races

Clark-Pleasant’s superintendent search will be one of the first priorities for the candidates elected to the school board.

The five candidates running for school board — E. Curtis Harris, Duane “Tom” Hogue, James Klenner, Vernon “Butch” Zike and Howard Young — all said the school district needs to find a new leader for the school district as quickly as possible.

They responded to questions during a candidate forum this week sponsored by the Clark-Pleasant Education Association. The education association represents Clark-Pleasant’s teachers and conducted similar forums before previous school board elections.

On Tuesday, Clark-Pleasant voters will chose among Hogue, Klenner, Young or Zike for one at-large seat. Harris is running unopposed for the Pleasant Township seat.

For the first time, the new Clark-Pleasant school board members will take office in January, meaning they’ll be on the board in time to help pick a superintendent. Previously, Clark-Pleasant was the only school board in the county where newly elected school board members waited until July to take office. But a recent change in state law requires new members to begin serving in January, Indiana School Board Association spokesman Michael Adamson said.

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