The Clinton Area Rotary Club heard from the new school superintendent at its meeting last week.
Rotary President Jeff Pistole shared Dr. Scott Jones’ biography with the group. Jones graduated from Bald Knob High School and Harding University. His background includes being a classroom teacher, a principal, a federal programs coordinator and superintendent. His wife, Sandra, has been hired as a teacher at Clinton. They have two sons.
Jones, who comes to Clinton from the Augusta School District where he spent 14 years, told the gathering he has several goals for the Clinton School District.
Among those goals are improvements to the campus. “We’re going to try to make the campus look better,” he said.
He said the school is “pretty landlocked” and needs space. Jones said he plans to “grow the school” with the help of the community.
Another goal, he said, is to make education the priority. Athletics has its place, he said, but academics will pay the bills later in life. He said having a good solid education is important for students. “We’re going to try not to let kids fall through the cracks anymore,” he said.
He said that when students graduate they should be career- or college-ready.
Jones said schools need to teach technology better. Some jobs that children just starting kindergarten will end up with haven’t even been invented yet, he said. Today’s students are good with video games and social media but aren’t as good with using technology for research or study. He said he wants each student to have a computer to use at school.
The Clinton Rotary club meets at noon each Wednesday at the Western Sizzlin in Clinton. Visitors are welcome.