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Welcoming the McClains to Everly

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Dennis and Donna McClain talk with members of the community at a meet-and-greet on Monday night. They moved in late June with their three children and "are excited to be here." [Order this photo]
Clay Central-Everly's new superintendent moved into town with his family at the end of June, and the Royal and Everly communities are holding two meet-and-greets this week to allow them to meet others in the area. The McClains met the Everly community on Monday night, and will travel to Royal on Thursday evening for a similar gathering.

Dennis and Donna McClain came from Stanton, Iowa, with their three children. Benjamin is in seventh grade, Emma Kay is in fourth grade, and Jarrett is in first grade. Donna is a math teacher and P.D. provider for the A.E.A.

On the sunny evening, the people showed their support by coming to the Everly Community Park. There was ice cream and beverages, and a playground nearby for the children.

The McClains have purchased a house, known by the community as the "Old Thomas House."

"We hope it'll be known as the 'McClain house' before long," Dennis McClain said, laughing.

In thinking about the upcoming school year, McClain is looking forward to the new nature learning center. The committee met earlier Monday night, and plan to host a fundraiser on July 19.

"We're excited to be here," McClain said.

They've been able to meet much of the community already. Because they moved in late June, their children were able to play the last week of baseball and softball.

In the anticipation of meeting the McClains, however, the memory of the previous superintendent still lingered in the minds of the community.

"We've been needing a change for a while," Willie Hartman, a member of the Everly community, said.

"I think, for the community, it's exciting to get a fresh start," said Kathy Wright, who owns the Quick Stop gas station near the high school.

McClain also agrees that a change is needed.

"There's a lot of good things and a lot of good people here," he said. "I think the CC-E name has been dragged through the mud lately, but the past is behind us, and we're ready to move forward."

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