Clark leaving Madison-Plains for superintendent job

(Posted June 24, 2014)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Chris Clark, a fixture at Madison-Plains Local Schools for the past 26 years, is leaving the district to become superintendent at his alma mater.

Clark is principal at Madison-Plains High School. He starts his new job July 1. Black River Schools is located in Sullivan, Ohio, two hours northeast of London. Clark graduated from Black River High School in 1984 and still maintains the family farm in that area.

“To be a superintendent has not always been my goal and aspiration, but the opportunity came up, and I think it’s an interesting thing to try to see if I can handle,” he said.

Black River serves 1,400 students from Ashland, Lorain and Medina counties. Like Madison-Plains, the district is situated in a rural community.

Clark said he is thankful for the experience he has had at Madison-Plains. To this point, he has spent his entire career in education at Madison-Plains.

“Madison-Plains let me grow, get involved in things, take classes, try some leadership things. It’s been good for me,” he said.

Clark spent his first 16 years as an agriculture education instructor and FFA advisor. During that time, the ag staff went from one teacher to three, and FFA membership went from 28 students to 270. Over 200 FFA members received state degrees; over 100 earned American degrees.

For the past 10 years, Clark served as high school principal. His tenure also included coaching football and wrestling and serving as science fair coordinator.

Clark and his wife, Barb, also originally from northern Ohio, plan to move to the Black River Schools area. Their daughters, Shelby and Morgan, are Madison-Plains graduates and sophomores at Marshall University.

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