CLINTON — Speaking with passion and effectively steering the Clinton School Board’s Tuesday strategic plan session, one might have mistaken board member Devin Guillory as someone in it for the long haul.
“We’ve laid a good foundation,” he said once during the nearly three hour session.
He nodded emphatically each time he felt counterparts hit Clinton’s educational goals right on the money.
In fact, Guillory is on the way out. A chemical engineer at LyondellBasell, Guillory has accepted a new job in Saudi Arabia and will leave Clinton at the end of the month with his family. His resignation was made official today.
At the end of Tuesday’s meeting, Guillory took time to thank fellow board members for what was said to be a productive and driven session.
“All of that discussion has built up to this point,” Guillory said. “I would just really like to see us make good on those plans to develop good goals... I wanted to be as instrumental as I could to help develop that.”
He leaves with one year left on his term, a spot for the remaining board members to fill.
The board discussed how it will approach finding Guillory’s successor. If board members can agree on a name within the next 30 days, they can appoint someone without an election. District superintendent Deb Olson said that would be the best alternative — finding someone with experience to handle board duties until the next election.
“The board has the opportunity to appoint somebody,” Olson said. “The next person up would be the person serving for the remainder of Devin’s term.”
Olson and board president Jim McGraw said the best way to find a successor would be to have interested people submit their names to district business manager Cindy McAleer.
Meanwhile, for Guillory, the international move won’t be long-lasting, though it removes him from the community for a few years — he estimated five.