Quaker Valley superintendent Joseph Clapper to retire before contract ends

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Quaker Valley schools superintendent Joseph .H. Clapper announced he will retired near the start of the 2014 school year.

At a legislative meeting Tuesday, the school board approved Mr. Clapper's retirement and in a press release said he will continue to lead the district through at least Sept. 1, giving the board time to find a successor.

Mr. Clapper's decision to retire comes about mid-way through this contract, which expires Dec. 31, 2016. In March 2011, the board voted to extend him a new contract that was to run from Jan. 1, 2012 until March 31, 2016.

Mr. Clapper has been with the Quaker Valley district since 1993 when he was hired as Edgeworth Elementary principal. In 2000, he was promoted to assistant superintendent and then left the district to become superintendent of the North Hills School District.

He returned to Quaker Valley as superintendent in 2007.

"Under his leadership, the district has seen the advancements in technology and e-learning, the complete renovation and improvements to our middle school, and, most importantly, providing our students with the best education under changing fiscal conditions," school board president Sarah Heres said in a release.

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