System priorities, strategic plans, Common Core curriculum to be discussed

Last updated: November 19. 2013 4:51PM - 719 Views
Lauren Williams Staff Writer

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Thursday night, Clinton City Schools will host its first town hall meeting, giving central office and school staff an opportunity to gather with any and all community members to discuss the future of the school system.

To be held at First Baptist Church, located at 900 College St. in Clinton, the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Superintendent Stuart Blount will get the meeting started, providing an overview of where the school system currently is and where it is striving to go.

In addition to community members, principals from each school, district personnel, and Board of Education members will attend the meeting. “They will be in the audience, not necessarily presenting,” Blount noted.

Following the school chief’s presentation, the floor will be open for discussion, including a time for questions and comments from the community.

“Our goal is to discuss district or big picture views and how each school and each community member plays a vital part in our mission,” said Blount. “We hope to provide an understanding of the goals and priorities that drive each decision within our school system. We plan to share our district goals and priorities with those in attendance.”

Also among the topics to be discussed is the Common Core curriculum and the recently released state EOG and EOC test scores.

“This town meeting will provide our school system with an additional opportunity to communicate what we are doing to strengthen the education of our students. There have been many educational changes with the state curriculum and assessment system that effects how and why we are making certain decisions in our daily operations,” pointed out Lenora Locklear, K-12 Curriculum and Instruction Director, stressing that “our school system is a large part of our community. We want our community to feel encouraged that Clinton City Schools is staying on top of communicating what we feel as priorities,” particularly in regards to “preparing all our students for college and career readiness.”

While the topics to be discussed are top priorities, city school officials shared that clear and informed communication — both the sharing of information and the receiving of feedback — is the main goal of the meeting.

“We believe that in order for our school system to move forward we must gain honest and open feedback from those we serve,” shared Blount, “because involvement from our community is vital for our success as a school system. This town hall format allows us to get in the community and hear from people.”

Describing the town hall meeting as “a continuation of feedback received,” Blount added that the school system has already pursued numerous avenues in its desire to gather helpful advice and suggestions from its school and community members including efforts like last spring’s community surveys and ongoing conversations with both district and school personnel and school board members.

“It is important that we keep our community informed of our school system’s strategic priorities and our plans,” agreed Locklear, “to align our goals and action steps toward the success of our students, teachers, and schools.”

For more information or questions about the upcoming town hall meeting, please contact Terrace Miller with Clinton City Schools at 910-592-3132.

Lauren Williams can be reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 117 or via email at lwilliams@civitasmedia.com.

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