CLYDE - Clyde-Green Springs Exempted Village School District welcomed David Stubblebine as its new superintendent during a special board of education meeting Monday.
Effective Aug. 1, Stubblebine will enter into a three-year contract. Interim Superintendent Laura Kagy then will resume duties as the district's assistant superintendent.
"The board had many outstanding candidates to choose from," board President Matt Nicey said. "Stubblebine will bring years of successful experience as a teacher, principal and superintendent to the Clyde-Green Springs district."
PHOTO BY NICOLE WALBY
Stubblebine talks to the audience about his plans for the district.
Stubblebine began his educational career as a history teacher for Vermilion Local Schools. He currently is serving as superintendent for Monroeville Schools. He heard about the position through a bulletin online and has a friend in the district.
"It is flattering and I am humbled to have this position," Stubblebine said. "The first year I will spend listening and learning."
Stubblebine and his wife, Laura, eventually plan to move to Clyde.
"(Clyde) has a great family aspect," Mrs. Stubblebine said.
"My wife is a guidance counselor for Vermilion Schools, and she has 27 years in and I have 19," Stubblebine said. "We both have raised many children together."
Stubblebine said goals for the district are primarily to work on getting finances stabilized and to keep working on the district's academic successes.
The district has a 5.25-mill emergency operating levy on the May ballot that would generate $1.1 million per year, if approved, for programs such as high school busing, field trips and elementary music programs,
"We feel that he will bring excitement, a good partnership with the teachers and have a direct focus on education," Nicey said. "His drive and want to be here in Clyde made him our obvious first choice."
District Treasurer Joyce Dupont described Stubblebine as a "likeable" and "personable" person and is a "good fit for the district."
There are a lot of friendly people and pride in Clyde, Stubblebine said.
"I have heard nothing but good things," he said. "I see my next 12 years in Clyde."