The Bay Village Board of Education reluctantly accepted the resignation, effective August 1, 2018, of Superintendent of Schools Clint Keener at its Monday, June 26 board meeting.
“I want to give the board plenty of time to complete its search for my replacement,” said Keener, explaining his more than one full year’s notice. “I am proud of the excellence we’ve achieved over the past 13 years, and I am confident this is the right time to retire and pass the reins to the right person.”
The school district is in solid financial shape, having passed an operating levy in 2016. It has also completed an extensive facilities upgrade to five of its older buildings thanks to a $16.8 million bond issue passed in 2012.
Under Keener’s tenure, the district has also moved toward an infusion of technology into teaching and learning. It has greatly increased the number of computers and tablets available to students, expanded internet capacity and access, and added a technology coordinator. Starting this fall, the high school will pilot a one-to-one computer program for freshmen and sophomores.
“With a heavy heart, I call for roll call on accepting your resignation,” said Board of Education President Gayatry-Jacob Mosier. “You leave big shoes to fill.” Others thanked Keener for his service, noting they would miss him. Board member Amy Huntley added, “I’ll vote ‘yes’ only because I know that’s what you want.”
Keener was hired as the superintendent for the Bay Village City School District in 2004. Prior to that, he served as superintendent of the Cardinal Local School District, principal of Madison High School, assistant principal and director of athletics for the Painesville Township School District. He taught science at John R. Williams Junior High in Painesville, where he also coached football, cross country, basketball and track and field.
“We’ll turn things over in good order,” said Keener. “Thank you for your support.” While he said the board has plenty of time to choose a replacement, he pointed out that acting earlier would give a new superintendent time to plan for beginning the new position.