Clinton board and staff members to visit McNatt’s school district
The second round of interviews for the Clinton Community Schools superintendent candidates concluded on Wednesday. Candidates met separately on Tuesday and Wednesday with members of the administration and staff as well as the school board.
At the end of the evening, board members asked Sean McNatt if he would be agreeable to a site interview on Friday. McNatt is the superintendent for Breckenridge Community Schools. “They offered to come to my district and do a site visit,” McNatt said. “Three members of the board and staff members will be visiting.”
McNatt had a thorough visit through the community as well as in each school building. “I was able to meet with several different departments of Clinton Community Schools staff, and teachers,” he said. “It was really nice, and everyone seemed very approachable. Students were actively engaged in the education process.”
McNatt believes it is important for schools to have a curriculum in place that reaches all students and addresses different learning styles. “I was very impressed with the teachers,” said McNatt. “The best thing I saw was the teachers hitting all the different learning styles.”
The community members who came to the meet-and-greet time actively promoted the community with pride. They reassured McNatt he would be welcomed into the community even though he was born in a different zip code.
“I was also impressed with the community members who came out,” McNatt said. “They just have a lot of great things going on.”
The biggest difference between Breckenridge and Clinton schools for McNatt is the ability to specialize and focus on the role of superintendent. The smaller size of the Breckenridge district requires McNatt to be superintendent and business manager.
McNatt put together a 90-day plan to present to the Clinton district on Wednesday. The plan starts with listening and learning – faces, names, roles and the culture. He wants to understand what’s valued in the schools and participate in community events as much as possible.
The second aspect of his 90-day plan is to study up on scores and performance in the district. “The second thing is to immerse myself in the data,” McNatt said.
Once his 90-day plan is completed, McNatt will form his own opinions on what needs to happen in the district.
As a parent of three school-age children, McNatt was pleased with all Clinton Community Schools has to offer families. Scores and extra-curricular activities attracted him to the district.
“I think it’s very important to be a resident of the district,” said McNatt. “I think there are some great opportunities in the district.”
Following Friday’s site visit, board members will meet at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, to discuss whether McNatt or Beazley is the man to fill Supt. David Pray’s role in Clinton Community Schools.
Pray retires from the district on June 30, after working as superintendent for 19 years. He has agreed to fill the role of paid consultant for either candidate to make the transition easier.