‘Well done’ to Dr. Shivers and a very best of luck to incoming superintendent

Commitment, dedication and service to a community and its children are traits that all school administrators should carry and provide. Salem is fortunate to have two such school administrators — leaders — who exemplify those qualities to the max.

Longtime educator Dr. Joe Shivers officially retired Tuesday as superintendent of the school district. He has served that position the past five years. His retirement will be effective July 31. A Salem boy through and through, he has been an ambassador for Quaker Pride and all it stands for during his 18 years with the district.

Another SHS graduate, current high school principal Sean Kirkland was named unanimously as the district’s next superintendent during the school board meeting. He was granted a four-year contract beginning Aug. 1.

He is also Salem boy through and through, having been with the district for 26 years, including the past 13 in administration. He replaced Shivers as high school principal five years ago and served the prior eight as junior high principal.

He earned the opportunity and we endorse his appointment. Working alongside Dr. Shivers for as long as he has should ensure a seamless transition. This was bolstered by Dr. Shivers informing the board a year back of his intentions. This certainly facilitated the process. It is appreciated by all involved. A classy move by a classy guy who leaves with the district in a very good place.

“Hiring Mr. Kirkland, it’s a great, great thing for the district,” he said Tuesday. Just as hiring Dr. Shivers was a great, great thing too.

We wish Dr. Joe Shivers the finest of times in his coming retirement. We wish Sean Kirkland the best of luck and good fortunes as he steers the district through the next phase of educating a year-in, year-out great group of bright and eager students backed by a supportive community. He is following a wonderful role model. Let’s continue to move onward.

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