CLARKDALE – It seems the past few years that Kathleen Fleenor had looked forward to retirement.
When Scott Jacobson accepted dual duties of principal and superintendent in January 2016, the longtime Clarkdale educator thought she had finally stepped away to spend more time with her family.
But with the Oct. 28 resignation of Jacobson, the Clarkdale-Jerome School District Governing Board was tasked with replacing him on an interim basis.
That relatively quick search by a committee headed by board president Jill Zaske and board member Becky O’Banion led to a most familiar name. Fleenor.
Through June 30, 2017 Fleenor will serve as the district’s principal and superintendent.
Fleenor served as district superintendent for 13 years, following 15 years in the Crane School District in Yuma, where she was principal and district administrator. Though unexpected, replacing Jacobson was virtually automatic, Fleenor says.
“I did not seek out the [interim] position, but as a Clarkdale resident and due to my devotion to the school district, the students and the community, I did tell the board I would always be available to help when needed,” Fleenor says.
Otherwise comfortable with her retirement, Fleenor says she “will not be seeking a permanent position” with CJSD.
“However, I will assist the board, the staff, parents and the community in a search process to a candidate that is a best fit for our district,” she says.
Fleenor’s 13-year career as both superintendent and principal at Clarkdale-Jerome began on July 1, 2002 and ended on Jan. 1, 2015.
Jacobson has accepted a job as principal in West Virginia effective Jan. 1, 2017 because of “an unforeseen opportunity to obtain employment near my mother’s home.”