There is a new look and feel to the Clinton Public School District announcements and publications. “We launched the ‘We Are Arrow Nation’ campaign this summer as a unifying theme for our community,” said Public Information Officer Sandi Beason.
After nearly a decade of annual increases in enrollment, the Clinton Public School District’s facilities are at capacity. The Clinton School Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to seek voter approval for a $25 million bond issue for facility upgrades throughout the district. The bond issue should not require a tax increase, based on economic projections with Continental Tire manufacturing plant and citywide growth.
Clinton Public School District scores show staggering increases in fourth-grade English Language Arts, growing from 48.8 percent proficiency last year to 78.2 percent this year. Fourth-graders also jumped from 67.9 percent proficiency in math last year to 83 percent this year. Another significant number is student growth, which measures whether students show a year’s worth of learning for a year’s worth of teaching. In fourth grade, students showed 107 percent growth overall in math, with the bottom 25 percent of students showing 89 percent.
Donny Gray makes safety a priority when it comes to school buses. “Safety is a choice, not a chance,” he said. “We do our best to be safe at all times.” Gray is the Clinton Public School District’s new director of transportation, replacing Terry Harris who recently retired. Prior to this role, he worked at UPS for 37 years and more recently was Transportation Director at the Mississippi Department of Education.