Mr. Clark "Skip" Hults has enjoyed rich and deep life experiences. After receiving his BA in Bible/Theology from Southeastern College, he continued his advanced education with a MA in Organizational Management. After his children left the toddler stage he returned to college, and graduated from Fordham University in New York City with a MA in Education and a PD in Administration and Supervision.
Having married his teenage sweetheart at 13th Lake in North River in 1975, he now has four grown children. He has expressed that he draws as much on his life experiences as a parent, as he does his education. He and his wife have lived in New York, Florida, California and Arizona.
Mr. Hults began his career working in a bank and after seven years left as a Loan Operations Officer in Florida. For approximately 15 years, he worked in the non-profit sector as a business administrator, pastor, and Director of Teen Challenge. After returning to school, Mr. Hults began his educational career teaching elementary school in Mount Vernon and Port Chester, New York. As a teacher, he received a number of awards including the School of the Future Award for his community outreach and learning experience "Edison's Closet." This unique program was run by students and allowed immigrant families, in need to clothing, to receive them, free of charge. He also received the Professional and Curriculum Development Award for a series of lessons entitled "Adirondack Mountains, Learning by Experience." In 2000, he received New York's highest teaching recognition by the New York State Academy for Teaching and Learning. As an Administrative Assistant in Port Chester, he served as an integral part of a team leading to the school receiving two very prestigious awards, the New York State Sharing Success Award and a National School of Character Award.
In July of 2003, Mr. Hults returned to the Adirondacks and served at Warrensburg Central School District as the elementary principal. While at the school, he began an outreach to the community, 2th Cup of Coffee, infused Character Education into the school's culture, and formed intergrade meetings. In July of 2006, Mr. Hults began his service in Newcomb as the School Superintendent. While at Newcomb, state assessment scores have risen to the highest in the "blue line" and student enrollment has increased by 40%. He has created an international program to bring diversity to the school, and has partnered with a local community college so students can graduate with over 40 college credits.
He has described Newcomb Central School as a big family and enjoys his relationship with staff, students and families. As far as future plans for Newcomb, he is planning a huge event to celebrate the enrollment of the 100th student. While some see this as improbable, Mr. Hults believes in dreaming big!
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