Pendery Clark may leave school district
A need for a clear succession plan in the Douglas County School District has been highlighted this week by uncertainty over Superintendent Pendery Clark’s future with the district, a board member said Tuesday.
Trustee Jim Keegan said a point he raised during the board’s Aug. 14 meeting is being highlighted by Clark’s possible departure to the San Mateo-Foster City School District.
Clark again refused comment on the matter Tuesday.
Clark offered no comments on the vacancy in San Mateo or her future in Douglas County.
When asked to confirm whether she entered contract negotiations last week with the San Mateo district, Clark said she had “nothing to confirm.”
“I’m not going to confirm anything at this point,” she said. “When I do have something to say I will say it.”
At the end of the August school board meeting at Carson Valley Middle School, Keegan said the district needed a succession plan for key positions in the district.
Also, Keegan said Tuesday he was aware of Clark’s candidacy for the Bay area job prior to the August board meeting.
Douglas County School Board President Cheri Johnson said she awaits word from Clark.
“Until we know anything, everything is speculation,” Johnson said.
“As soon as the (Douglas County School) board is informed, the public will be informed,” Johnson said, regarding Clark’s possible departure as school superintendent, where she has served since 1992.
Johnson said it’s important Clark keep her options open and added the superintendent’s family remains in the Bay area.
San Mateo-Foster City School District Superintendent Phyllis Moore said Monday the board is trying hard to hold another meeting concerning Clark.
She also said the interview process for the vacancy is over and an Aug. 24 meeting regarding Clark concerned contract negotiations.
“We’re trying to finish things up,” Moore said. However, the board is in limbo because one of its members is on vacation in Hawaii.
Keegan said he wants the district to have a plan in place in the future.
“I’m not aware of any planning to replace Dr. Clark at this moment,” Keegan said. “We need a succession plan for all key positions in the district. It reinforces the point (Keegan made) at the last meeting.”
If Clark does leave the district, Trustee John Louritt said Tuesday he feels confident the board can “find competent people in the district to replace her at least temporarily.”
Trustees David Brady, George Echan, Keith Roman and Connie Wennhold could not be reached for comment.
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