Clinton Community School's administration readies for the new school year
The new school year is only weeks away, and Clinton Community Schools will start with new faces in four of five administrative positions in the district. Leading the group is Superintendent Sean McNatt with Kevin Beazley as the new Clinton High School Principal, Don Dunham returning as Clinton Middle School Principal, Mary Fisher as the new Clinton Elementary Principal, and Casey Randolph as the new Clinton Athletic Director.
“The administration team is coming together for the benefit of the students,” said McNatt. “The students’ needs are the most important to us. At the same time as we come together as a team we will draw off each others’ strengths.”
Although there are new faces in Clinton Community Schools, there is still a wealth of experience this administration brings to the district. “I am entering my 12th year as administrator, sixth as a superintendent,” McNatt said. “Mrs. Fisher has lived in the district and is entering her 15th year as a principal. She is knowledgeable about state reporting and most importantly, curriculum.”
“Mr. Don Dunham returns as middle school principal for his 12th year,” said McNatt. “He was hired by the district in 1980, and possesses a wealth of cultural understanding of our district. Mr. Dunham knows generations of families, and has been part of the administrative team that has raised the bar of excellence to where Clinton Community Schools is academically ranked in the top five percent of the state.”
“Mr. Beazley, a graduate of Clinton High School, brings his devoted passion and enthusiasm and his experience as athletic director and teacher to his new role as high school principal,” McNatt said.
“Our newest member to the team is Athletic Director Casey Randolph. Mr. Randolph has served in this role in a previous district,” said McNatt. “He has been very successful as a coach and an athletic director. His activity in the Clinton Community Youth Programs will aid him well in his new role with us.”
The administrators are starting to work together to prepare for the new school year, which begins on Tuesday, Sept. 3. “We all have, or are in the process of, wrapping up our ties with previous districts. Those timelines have varied for each one of us,” McNatt said. “Each of us feel obligated as professionals to leave our previous districts in good standing.”
All the administrators have moved into their offices to start school year preparations, with the exception of Randolph who was hired on Wednesday, July 31, and begins his position as athletic director on Monday, Aug. 12.
“Each new administrator is reaching out to members of staff to build relationships and committees,” said McNatt.