Construction, communication on CPSD's 2020 agenda
By Dr. Tim Martin, Superintendent
Clinton Public School District
CLINTON — The sounds of construction fill the air at Clinton High School and Clinton Junior High, and very soon, several other campuses.
We appreciate our community supporting a $25 million bond issue in 2018, and the bond funds are now being used to build new Career and Technical Education facilities at Clinton High School and to improve and expand several other schools including Clinton Park Elementary, Northside Elementary, Lovett Elementary and Clinton Junior High.
Moving the CHS Career Complex to the main campus of CHS has been a long-term goal for us, and through the 2018 bond issue this goal will become a reality. In addition to building new CTE facilities we are also examining the courses we offer and making sure they are relevant to our students’ college and career choices.
We’re proud to partner with Hinds Community College and Continental Tire to offer a new CTE course on advanced manufacturing. This new program provides classroom learning combined with real world, hands-on experience in a manufacturing setting to better prepare students for careers at Continental and other industries.
Another significant focus for CPSD in 2020 is communication. For safety reasons, we recently eliminated school and district social media and we want to ensure that we are still effectively communicating with parents and our community.
We recently completed a series of focus group meetings with representatives from different stakeholder groups as well as a community-wide online survey. We wanted to find out what kinds of information people wanted to receive from us, what format they want to receive it in, and how often.
We are using data collected in this process to determine next steps and will roll out our new communication strategy in 2020. Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey and tell us their communication preferences.
As superintendent, it’s my goal to make sure our schools continue to meet or exceed expectations and it’s such a blessing to work with so many dedicated faculty and staff members. It’s our honor to serve the children and families of Clinton and we appreciate your support in 2020.
Dr. Tim Martin is Superintendent of the Clinton Public School District. He may be reached at [email protected].