September 2, 2014

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Thomas Jama is new Clearview superintendent

SHEFFIELD TWP. — His hometown advantage likely tipped the scales for Clearview High School Principal Tom Jama, who was named the district’s next superintendent.

Clearview school board members unanimously approved a two-year contract for Jama, effective Aug. 1, on Friday morning. He will succeed Superintendent Rick Buckosh, who is retiring from the district July 31.

The search to find Buckosh’s successor was led by the Educational Service Center of Lorain County. Nearly 20 candidates applied when the job was posted three months ago. In the end, Jama won out, said Tom Rockwell, superintendent of the Educational Service Center.

Jama’s hometown roots played a big part.

“He knows the community, knows the county and that was a major factor,” Rockwell said. “Not to mention, he has extensive expertise and knowledge in all areas from teaching at the elementary level — leading to being a middle-school and high-school principal.”

For Jama, being named superintendent is a dream come true.

“My goals have always been to teach, be a building-level administrator and ultimately a superintendent,” he said. “Friday morning, the community members and leaders of Clearview

Schools gave me that opportunity, and I am excited, honored and humbled by their decision.’’

Jama taught in both Lorain and Elyria before becoming Clearview High School principal in 2008. He grew up in Lorain County and graduated from Admiral King High School.

Jama said he has one clear goal for Clearview: to move from “continuous improvement” to “excellent” on the state report card.

“We can do it. I know we can,” he said. “We are on the right path, and now we only have to build on the programs already in place.”

Now that Jama has been named superintendent, the district can begin searching for a new high school principal. Jama will likely be very involved in the search, Rockwell said.

Jama said the position was posted Friday and the goal is to find the “best candidate to meet the needs of Clearview High School.”

“They have an outstanding staff and an outstanding group of students who deserve an outstanding leader,” he said.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.