Charles McClain named interim head for Columbia Independent School

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 | 6:00 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Charles McClain was named interim head of school for Columbia Independent School on Friday.

The appointment came after the school announced that former Head of School Scott Gibson was resigning.

McClain also served as interim head of school for Columbia Independent in 2004, the Missourian reported previously

"Dr. McClain is a distinguished educator and is no stranger to CIS, having served as interim head of school previously and was a member of the CIS founding Board of Trustees," John Thompson, Columbia Independent School board chairman, said in a letter released Friday.

Thompson said Gibson resigned in late February, telling the board he wanted to take another position. He was appointed as head of school in November 2008 and took over the position in March 2009.

Gibson will remain at Columbia Independent either until the end of the school year or until he begins his new position, he said. Thompson said that although Gibson will still be at the school during the transition, McClain is in charge of all decision making there. 

Thompson said that the Columbia Independent school board will begin looking for a new permanent head of school but that it was still early in the process.

"But there are wheels in motion," he said.

The letter said the board will begin a national search for a new head of school "shortly."

Two other administrators announced their resignations this year. Thompson said Director of the Upper School Doug Sept resigned in January, and Director of the Middle School Carlynn Trout resigned in February. Both of the resignations will be effective at the end of the school year.

Thompson said McClain will be in charge of evaluating applications to fill the other two positions and that Columbia Independent had already begun looking for replacements. 

This isn’t the first time CIS has experienced personnel changes, Thompson said, and the resignations won't be a setback.

"I think we’ll come through the hiring process just fine," he said.

The private college preparatory school, formerly located downtown, moved to a new campus at 1801 N. Stadium Blvd. in August 2009.


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