As Palmyra Middle School Principal Kirt Malone prepares for his July appointment as Superintendent for the Palmyra R-I School District, he doesn’t hesitate to commend the people who have made the district successful over the years.

The Palmyra School District has hired a new superintendent from within its current staff to take the reins of the district when the current superintendent retires.

As Palmyra Middle School Principal Kirt Malone prepares for his July appointment as Superintendent for the Palmyra R-I School District, he doesn’t hesitate to commend the people who have made the district successful over the years.

A special meeting of the Palmyra R-1 Board of Education was held on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at which the board selected Malone for the position.

Malone said the community offers steadfast support to the school district — sending their kids to school ready to learn — where school board members, faculty at each grade level and members of Parents as Teachers and Early Childhood Development help ensure success for each student. Malone has an extensive background of teaching and administration experience, and he said Superintendent Eric Churchwell’s leadership will bolster those experiences for the July transition.

“I know that Mr. Churchwell is leaving the district in a very good position,” Malone said.

Malone’s experience includes 11 years teaching in middle schools and high schools in Clark County R-I, Knox County R-I, Lewis County C-1 districts, which he said offered excellent preparation for his upcoming administrative role. Before joining Palmyra Middle School five years ago as principal, Malone also served as assistant principal for Highland High School and principal at Highland Elementary School in the Lewis County C-1 School District.

Already, Malone is thinking about a one-to-one technology initiative for next school year, which will provide an iPad for each student. The plan has been two years in the making, and teachers received MacBook Pro computers and iPads this year for training purposes. Malone said the district will decide which school would benefit the most from the new program.

As he prepares for his new position in the district, Malone said he is looking forward to supporting school board and staff members’ goals of preparing students for college and careers through his new leadership role.

“Generally, my hope is that our district continues along the same successful path that we’ve always known,” he said.

According to a press release from the district issued Thursday, Malone was chosen from a list of “successful and highly qualified applicants” from both within the Palmyra R-1 School District and from outside the district.

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