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School board approves resignations from Eighmy, Lillis

There will be a few less familiar faces at Clarke Community School District when the 2013-14 school year starts.

Clarke Community School Board members have approved the resignations of Dana Lillis, curriculum director, and Dr. Brandon Eighmy, Clarke Community Elementary School principal.

“There’s quite a history here with both of them in their leadership roles,” said Clarke Interim Superintendent Steve Seid during an Osceola Sentinel-Tribune telephone interview May 28.

The board approved Lillis’ resignation during a May 13 meeting. Eighmy’s resignation was approved during Tuesday night’s meeting. Their resignations are effective June 30.

During the May 28 board meeting, boardmember James Bair asked if June 30 was the end of Eighmy’s contract. The answer was yes.

“I just want to make a note that, I think, in the future, that’s one of the questions we need to ask,” Bair said. “If somebody’s giving a resignation, have they fulfilled and honored the terms of their contract? So, Brandon has and that’s great. We wish him well.”


Carlisle School District will be getting both Eighmy and Lillis as staff members. Lillis will be the district’s curriculum director and Eighmy will be the human resources director.

Seid said he was confident Eighmy and Lillis would use their good leadership skills in their new positions.

In Lillis’ resignation letter to the board, she wrote, “It has been a pleasure and an honor to have served as a classroom teacher and as a curriculum director in the district for the past 11 years. I will truly miss the faculty, staff and students at Clarke. They are among the best in Iowa.”

In Eighmy’s resignation letter to the board, he wrote, “I would like to thank those who have helped me grow and become the leader I am today. The value of your support is unquantifiable. Thank you for your support over the course of the past six years, and I look forward to serving the Clarke School District in a new way, as a parent.”

Seid said both staff positions have been advertised with the intent to have them filled before July 1.

“That’s the goal that those will be filled,” he said.

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