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Clark Appointed To School Board

By David Howell


WATER VALLEY – A long-time educator will serve as District One Trustee on the Water Valley School Board following an appointment Monday night. Trustees voted unanimously for Jill Clark to serve in 2019.

Clark will succeed Bryan Gilley, who is stepping down after serving six years.  Gilley served a five-year term that ended in 2017 and did not seek re-election for another term. After no candidates emerged to succeed him, Gilley agreed to serve another year as an appointed trustee on the school board in 2018.

Board President Pierce Epes expressed appreciation for Gilley’s commitment to the school during the last six years.

“Thank you for serving on the board and thank you for letting us talk you into that extra year,” Epes stated in the Dec. 17 meeting. 

“It’s been my pleasure, this is a good group. I have learned a lot,” Gilley stated.

“We typically let our outgoing person do the appointment,” Epes continued, a request for a recommendation from Gilley to name his successor after no candidate emerged to run for the position in the 2018 election cycle. 

Gilley’s recommendation was approved by all five trustees in the final meeting of the year.

“She will be a good fit, I think she will do a good job. She is an educator,” Gilley said about Clark before the vote.  

Clark, now retired, taught classes in lower elementary for 31 years including 17 years in the Water Valley School District. She has a Masters in Elementary Education K-6. She explained that reaching retirement age allows a more flexible schedule to serve in this new role.

“I am excited that I can use my time to give back to the community that supported me when I was an active educator,” Clark explained. “I feel like my purpose is to serve the students in our school district in any capacity that is necessary. That is where my heart is, as an educator I was always included to think of the students’ needs first. We also have great teachers in our school district, I want to be available to help them in any way I can,” she continued. 

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