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New athletic director and new principal at Reid Elementary approved by Middletown Area School Board

By Dan Miller, danmiller@pressandjournal.com
Posted 8/8/17

H. Clifford Smith is the new athletic director of Middletown Area School District.

The school board during its Aug. 8 meeting unanimously approved hiring Smith as athletic director to replace …

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New athletic director and new principal at Reid Elementary approved by Middletown Area School Board

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H. Clifford "Cliff" Smith is the new athletic director of Middletown Area School District.

The school board during its Aug. 8 meeting unanimously approved hiring Smith as athletic director to replace Jeremy King, who asked to be transferred from the former AD/assistant high school principal position to being a business teacher at Middletown Area High School.

King in an interview after the transfer was approved in June told the Press & Journal that he sought the change so he can spend more time with his family.

Smith will be paid $78,856 a year. His first day was Tuesday, Aug. 8.

Smith while introducing himself to the audience at the school board meeting said that he comes from Elizabethtown College, where he spent the last 11 years as the head baseball coach and assistant athletic director.

“I want to thank the board for this opportunity,” Smith said. “I’ve been able to do a lot of things (at Elizabethtown College) and I can’t say how excited I am to be in Middletown.”

Smith was not available for further comment after the meeting. Information regarding the search that the school district conducted to replace King, such as how many candidates applied and from where, was not immediately made available by the administration.

According to an article posted on D3Baseball.com on July 28, 2017, Smith was Elizabethtown College’s second all-time winningest baseball coach, with 254 victories, when he announced that he was stepping down to pursue “a new professional opportunity,” the article said.

He was also quoted in the article as saying the new opportunity would allow Smith to “spend more time at home with my wife and sons.”

Before coming to Elizabethtown College Smith was an assistant coach at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and an educational technician in the special education department at Mt. Ararat High School in Topsham, Maine.

Smith is a 2001 graduate of Brandeis University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, according to the Elizabethtown College staff directory.

Smith spent five years as a professional baseball player from 2001 to 2005, according to a bio posted on the directory.

A right-handed pitcher, Smith signed a free agent contract with the now-Los Angeles Angels, and advanced as high as Double A Arkansas in the Angels’ organizational ladder in 2003 and 2004.

The Portland, Maine, native was an inaugural member of the independent Atlantic League’s Lancaster Barnstormers in 2005. Smith capped his playing career in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization at Single A Hickory in North Carolina, later in the 2005 season, according to the bio.

The board also unanimously approved hiring Trevor Saylor to replace Earl Bright as the new principal of Reid Elementary School.

Saylor is to assume the position at Reid upon being released by his current employer, Northern Lebanon School District, where Saylor has been principal of Lickdale and Fredericksburg Elementary Schools. However, Saylor is expected to begin his duties at Reid Elementary no later than Oct. 2.

Saylor’s salary was set at $89,981.

The board in June approved transferring Bright after 16 years as principal at Reid to a new position as principal leading the school district’s new alternative education program.

Saylor said he has 12 years of experience in education, as an elementary teacher and the last three years having served as an administrator in central Pennsylvania, “most recently” in Northern Lebanon.

“Middletown has a great reputation as a good school district,” Saylor told the Press & Journal afterward. “There are lots of experienced administrators here. I thought I could learn a lot and bring my experience to the table. I’m just happy to be here and to be part of Middletown Area School District and Reid Elementary.”

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