Greetings from your District Administrator, Jim Brewer
Jim Brewer, District Administrator
I once read, “The District Administrator of a successful school district is not the instructional leader, but the educational leader who mobilizes the expertise, talent, and care of others”. Successful administrators embrace the knowledge and expertise of all shareholders of the educational process within the community. As the new District Administrator of the Clinton Community School District, I look forward to working collaboratively alongside students, educators, parents, and community members to create an atmosphere where students can succeed academically, socially, and emotionally in a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment.
The District's Mission Statement embodies what it means to be associated with education. It states, “The Clinton Community School District isproud to be in partnership with family and community…”. In my short tenure at CCSD, I have had the honor of meeting many wonderful and dedicated staff and community members whose sole mission is to provide an enriching educational experience for our youth. I have been truly impressed by the commitment and forward thinking that people have regarding building level reforms and tailoring education to the individual student. As a District, we will emphasize rigor and relevancy in every course and continue to establish a collaborative school culture of academic optimism that places the needs of students first. As the District Administrator, I will strive to help students find success by bringing stakeholders together, encouraging family and community involvement, promoting creative thinking, and fostering positive results.
We as a school community have some serious hurdles to overcome in the near future. Clinton is facing significant budgetary challenges, and as a district, we need to work diligently to balance the necessity for our students to be college and career ready with the practical constraints of the economic environment. Achieving educational excellence while exercising responsible financial stewardship is a priority. However, we find ourselves having to make difficult decisions as the 2015-2016 school year ended with a budget deficit of nearly a million dollars, with increased projected deficits for the upcoming school year and beyond. Further compounding the fiscal concern is the need in a few short years to address the aging elementary and middle school buildings.
Despite the financial concerns, the lure to the Clinton Community School District was extremely strong for my family and me. Since moving into the District, both my son Jason and daughter Emma have been busy participating in activities with their new classmates. We have met outstanding neighbors and caring and involved families that long to see not only their children succeed, but all children reach their potential. The outpouring of support and the warm welcome we have received from all is indicative of a proud and loyal community. As parents, both Steph and I could not be happier to be associated with such a terrific school district knowing all of us have a personal responsibility in helping to raise the children of this fine community. As the saying goes, “You need a whole community to raise a child,” and all of us should be proud. I am extremely honored to be a servant leader in this community, and I can wholeheartedly state that it is a privilege to be a member of the Cougar family.
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