Hilliard school board members on March 12 unanimously accepted the recommendation of Superintendent John Marschhausen to name Vicky Clark as one of the district's two assistant superintendents.

"I am proud to recommend Vicky Clark as our next assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. (She) has been a teacher, principal, director of student services and most recently our director of elementary curriculum (and) knows our district," Marschhausen said. "(Clark) is committed to our district and she will be a leader in this district for many years to come."

Clark will succeed Leslie McNaughton as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, joining Mike McDonough, the district's assistant superintendent of operations.

"I am grateful and excited for this opportunity to serve Hilliard City Schools as the next assistant superintendent. ... I am honored and looking forward to my new responsibilities and to being a continued partner in preparing our students to be 'ready for tomorrow,' " she said.

She has been employed in the district since 1994 as a teacher, special-education coordinator, principal, student-support-services director and most recently, director of elementary curriculum.

Clark will work with McNaughton the remainder of the year and maintain her current job responsibilities until then, said Stacie Raterman, a spokeswoman for the district.

District leaders have posted Clark's director of elementary curriculum position and expect to conduct interviews "in the next few weeks," she said.

Meanwhile, McNaughton announced her retirement March 5, effective June 30.

"It's been an amazing opportunity to serve our students and families through the years," she said.

She started working at the district in 1992 as principal at Ridgewood Elementary School and has been an assistant superintendent since 2000.

"As a community, we can't thank Leslie McNaughton enough for her 18 years of service to our students and staff as assistant superintendent. She has been a blessing to our district," Marschhausen said.

McNaughton said she and her husband, Bob, would move to Texas to spend time with family and to travel.

McNaughton's current total compensation is $213,911, which includes an annual salary of $146,072 and benefits worth $67,839, according to the district. Clark's current total compensation is $189,142, which includes an annual salary of $127,266 and benefits worth $61,876, according to the district.