Superintendent spot focus for Clark-Pleasant: Board candidates have leadership hire, spending, test scores in crosshairs

Clark-Pleasant is looking for a new superintendent, and school board candidates hope to find the right person for the job.

Candidates running for an at-large seat on the board ranked picking a new superintendent as one of the most important decisions they’d have to make. They said they hope that the newly elected board member will get to have input, and that a new superintendent will take over by the start of the next school year.

The four candidates also had other goals, including increasing transparency, raising test scores and taking another look at the high school grading scale. They also want to limit spending due to shortfalls school districts are facing with property tax caps, such as by making sure the district pays as little interest as possible on debt.

E. Curtis Harris is running unopposed for re-election to the Pleasant Township seat on the Clark-Pleasant school board. Duane “Tom” Hogue, James W. Klenner, Howard L. Young and Vernon S. “Butch” Zike are running for one at-large seat.

Young, a current board member who has been on the board for 34 years, said school board members should put students first in all decisions. He said Clark-Pleasant also should keep the tax rate as level as possible and be efficient while educating a growing number of students.

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