School board renews superintendent’s contract

CLINTON —The Clinton Community Schools Board of Education approved a three-year contract with Superintendent Curt Nettles at Tuesday night’s meeting. Nettles contract now extends to June 30, 2022. The board offered an additional two-year extension if Nettles achieves specific goals set by the board.

“I’m happy with (the contract) and glad to know I will be here in this community and with this district for the next several years,” said Nettles.

Nettles presented a plaque to former board president Mike Walker for his service to the district. Walker resigned from the board last year after deciding to seek election as DeWitt County Sheriff.  

“Anybody that spends any time as a board member, whether it’s for 6 months or 46 years…we want to recognize that,” said Nettles. 

Much of Tuesday night’s meeting was spent giving kudos to the junior high and high school dance team members who recently swept the state finals. The coaches of both teams shared their success stories and the girls showed their medals and trophies to the board. 

In addition, a group of Clinton High School marching band members modeled their new uniforms and personally thanked the board for helping with the purchase. The previous uniforms had been in use for 22 years.

In other action, the board:

• Approved hiring an intervention teacher for Clinton Junior High School to begin this fall. 

• Approved the first day of school for the 2019-20 school year to be Aug. 21 for freshmen, sixth graders, preK through fifth graders and all new students at the junior high and high school. Returning students will begin on Aug. 22. 

• Approved the employment of the following people beginning next school year: Paula Barton, kindergarten teacher; Claire Holoway, CHS social studies teacher; Ashley Nash, RTI coach at Douglas; Karen Graden, RTI coach at Lincoln, Angela Ball, kindergarten teacher at Lincoln; Donna Svencner, secretary at Douglas; and Maren Boston, clerical aide at Douglas.

• Approved the following transfer for the upcoming school year: Karen Graden to reading teacher at Lincoln; Brenda Borland to physical education at Lincoln and Douglas; Christine Bierbrodt to first grade at Lincoln; and Kris Hoke to special education at Lincoln.

• Approved the employment of Dana Mason, aide at Lincoln/CJHS, effective immediately; and Tristin Toohill as an aide at CES, effective March 4.

• Approved Angel De los Santos as a volunteer assistant coach for the boys’ high school track team and Angela Rhoades as a volunteer assistant coach for the high school softball team.

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