Supt. Lark to retire at school year’s end

By: 
Paul Garrod - news4garrod@vineyardpress.biz
SONIA LARK

    PAW PAW - Sonia Lark has served as superintendent of Paw Paw Public Schools since 2016; Monday night she announced her intention to retire at the end of the current school year.
    In a letter to the Paw Paw Board of Education, Lark said,  “I am fortunate to have worked in the greatest profession where teaching and caring for children is at the heart of what educators do each day.
    “During my tenure at Paw Paw, I have had the privilege  to work with an amazing Leadership Team, a dedicated support staff and exceptionally gifted teachers. I’ve met generous individuals who’ve given their time and talents to this school system. Most importantly, I have cherished the time I’ve spent watching students learn and grow.”
  The board is ex-pected to begin the search pro-cess for a new superintendent at its January meeting.
    Zachary Morris was appointed to fill the seat of Mike Jones, who passed away unexpectedly  Dec. 5. Morris had been appointed to the board last summer but failed to retain the seat in the Nov. 6 election, finishing third in the race for the two seats available.
    Morris told The Courier-Leader after the meeting, “I am honored to have the board select me as Mr. Jones successor. I got to know Mike and his wife, Kim, during the election, and know they sincerely wanted a bright future for the children of our district.”
    He said, “One of the things Mike and I discussed in the election was the need for expanding and integrating work-based learning throughout the district. Especially, skill-trades and STEM education. I see this as a top priority going forward, we want our children to graduate and be able to find meaningful employment locally, not three states away.”
    Morris will serve for two years, 2020. He will then have to run for the remainder of the unexpired term.
    Also interviewed for the seat was Michael Hartman
 

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