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by Patty Cheffey
After five years as R-I superintendent and 34 years in education, Kirt Malone has turned in his resignation, due to retirement
Malone officially resigned during last week’s Palmyra R-I Board of Education meeting. The retirement becomes effective June 30, 2022.
“Everyone gets to that point in their lives when it is time to retire,” Malone said. “After 34 years in education, it is my time to retire now, and I can say during that time that I have loved every job I’ve ever had. Well, except for grading papers. That was never much fun!”
Despite the grading papers part, Malone said he loved teaching and has enjoyed all of his years working as an administrator.
“There are so many good people in education who work tirelessly to help children succeed and it has been a joy to work with all of them in Clark County, Knox County, Lewis County and here in Palmyra,” he said.
While enjoying his time in other school districts, Malone said he felt fortunate to end up in Palmyra.
“When Debbie (his wife) and I moved here, we didn’t know anyone in Palmyra,” he said. “We soon found out that Palmyra was much like Kahoka where we both grew up so it was easy to become attached.
“Both of our sons were born and raised here, and I couldn’t be happier that Palmyra is where they will always call home.”
Sill there are a couple things about going to work every day Malone said he will not miss
“I will definitely not miss ironing my clothes every night and having to wear a tie every day,” he said. “But I will miss seeing our Palmyra students and staff who make up the best school district anywhere.”
While Malone added he had no definitely plans in mind for retirement, he was sure his wife would see that he kept busy.