Hired by the Canfield Board of Education to serve as interim principal for grades five and six at Canfield Village Middle School, Don Dailey is filling the absence evoked by the retirement of Ron Infante.
Having begun his service Jan. 3, Dailey will conclude his time at CVMS at the end of this school year. Addressing the parents regarding his tenure while there, Dailey said, "It is my goal to make this transition as seamless as possible, always keeping your children, our students, foremost in my decisions and leadership.
Said leadership encompasses a year teaching within the Perrysville School District followed by a 37-year history at Boardman Local Schools, during which Dailey served as teacher, coach, education association president, assistant middle school principal, elementary school principal, director of instruction and superintendent.
Photo by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
Buoyed by the support of what he calls a very caring and professional staff, Don Dailey, currently serving as interim principal for grades five and six at Canfield Village Middle School. He is pictured flanked by CVMS head custodian Don Adams whom Dailey credits with assisting him with the phone and PA systems, and Jane Gomori, CVMS secretary for grades five and six -- two staff members Dailey referred to as his right and left hand.
In addition, Dailey has numerous previous professional affiliations including, Boardman Local Schools PTA Units, both the Ohio Association and National Association of Elementary School Principals, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, Phi Delta Kappa, Boardman Civic Association, and Boardman Rotary.
On a more personal note, Dailey opened up about his love of sailing, a 30-year sideline, one that he said he shares with his wife Kristen Dailey, who also retired from Boardman Local Schools.
Owner of a boat that he said he captains on Lake Erie, Dailey shared that he has voyaged to Canada as well as chartered a sailboat in the British Virgin Islands. There appears a correlation between his professional life and that of his pleasurable pastime.
Retiring in 2004 following more than three decades with Boardman Local Schools, Dailey enjoyed a brief stint at West Marine where he simply enjoyed the maritime connection.
Officially coming out of retirement to serve as interim superintendent at Struthers City Schools for a 13-month period during 2007 and 2008, and again in 2009 to serve as substitute elementary principal in Boardman Local schools, "Never say never to retirement," said Dailey. He holds to that mantra although his retirement status saw him changing sails once again for his position at Canfield Village Middle School.
"I find interim positions to be very positive," said Dailey, who added that although he has been with Canfield Schools for only a short time, he is already enjoying the relationship with the staff, which he finds to be both caring and professional.
While Dailey's stint in Canfield may be short-term, his recurring opportunities to return to education for all the right reasons seems predestined, leaving no doubt that the students he'll leave behind will have been fortunate for their time with him. To quote American writer and public speaker George William Curtis, "It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage."