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Benji Mattingly, who has been principal at West Marion Elementary School since July of 2005, is taking an unexpected leave of absence for the remainder of the school year.
Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser said Mattingly is taking “personal time” and Danny Lyvers, who was principal at WMES for 14 years before retiring in 2005, will be serving as interim principal during Mattingly’s absence.
The Lebanon Enterprise asked Mattingly if he wanted to make a statement and he declined.
Before becoming the principal at WMES, Mattingly, 39, taught art for six years and served as the assistant principal at WMES for almost a year. He also coached girls soccer at Marion County High School for three years.
The Enterprise interviewed Mattingly when he accepted the WMES position almost nine years ago.
"My main thing is to continue to be happy," Mattingly was quoted saying in the Enterprise on May 18, 2005. "Life is too short to keep on doing a job that you're not happy with. As long as I can do what needs to be done for this school and for these students here, I'll stay here as long as I can."