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C-K superintendent announces retirement

McLaurin to step down July 15

CLAYSBURG — The Claysburg-Kimmel School District will be on the hunt for a new superintendent as the school board unanimously voted to accept Darren McLaurin’s retirement letter Wednesday.

McLaurin’s retirement will be effective July 15, 2022. It is unclear when the district will begin advertising for McLaurin’s replacement.

McLaurin praised the board for its consistent support of his projects. While the COVID-19 pandemic sidetracked some of the plans he had, he said he hopes to still finish them in the months he has left.

McLaurin said he was ready for a change of pace.

“I’m ready to move on to a different style of life and hopefully never have to wear dress clothes again,” McLaurin said.

Board members expressed sadness at McLaurin’s impending departure.

“We know it’s a difficult job,” Mona Eckley said. “You’ve served us very well. We appreciate everything that you’ve done.”

Board Vice President Craig Burket said that McLaurin “brings the threes: he brings energy, he brings excitement and he brings enthusiasm.”

“You know you want to put that trust out there to begin with, and we did that with Darren and he far exceeded our expectations,” Burket said. “He’ll be sadly missed as a superintendent and as a great guy for the district.”

To close out the meeting, McLaurin brought up the Health and Safety Plan as a part of old business. He added it to the agenda because he wasn’t sure where the mask situation would be at the time of the meeting, McLaurin said.

The mask mandate will be left intact until at least the Supreme Court hears arguments on Dec. 8 about whether to overturn or keep the mandate in place.

“Just in case anyone asks, when it is lifted, it’s in our Health and Safety Plan that we will go back to parents’ choice,” McLaurin said. “But other than that, there’s really nothing that we need to change at this point.”

Mirror Staff Writer Rachel Foor is at 814-946-7458.

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