ADAMS TOWNSHIP — Matt Baker, currently the principal of East Clinton High School, will be the next superintendent of Clinton-Massie Local Schools.
An emailed press release Tuesday from Clinton-Massie school board President Jeremy Lamb stated, “The search process was robust and thorough, and the Board is confident that we have the right person for the job.”
Baker’s first official day will be Aug. 1. Prior to that, there are plans for some transition days when he will be on campus and the board plans to integrate Baker into decision making as his time allows, according to the release.
At the Monday night board meeting where he was awarded a two-year contract, Baker said, “I would like to thank the Clinton-Massie Board of Education for this wonderful opportunity. My family and I are extremely excited about working in the community that we live in. I look forward to serving students, supporting the staff, and interacting with the community.”
Baker moved to the Clinton-Massie district in 2007. The board’s press release states, “We are looking forward to building a long-term relationship with Matt as the superintendent of CM Schools for years to come. In speaking with Matt throughout the interview process, he indicated that Clinton-Massie is where he wanted to take the next step in his career where he could make an impact in the community where he lives.”
His background includes teaching and coaching at Reading High School in Reading, Ohio, where he also served as dean of students. Later, he was an assistant principal at Goshen Middle School, and then in 2013 he became the East Clinton High School principal.
In the personal section of his resumé, Baker described himself as an “energetic, data driven, student-oriented administrator that works extremely well with others.” He also stated, “My love for God and my family are the central parts of my life.”
He is married to Michelle, and has two children who both attend Clinton-Massie: daughter Madison is a senior and son Nate is an eighth-grader.
There will be an official meet-and-greet event for the community in the upcoming months, announced Lamb.
As previously reported, the two final candidates for the position were Baker and Natalie Harmeling, who coordinates special education and pupil services for Wilmington City Schools (WCS), and formerly was an elementary school principal in the WCS district.
Altogether, there were 22 applicants.
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