Clinton City Schools superintendent Dr. Stuart Blount has made changes in the administrative staff at two of the system’s schools.
Following a closed-session meeting last week, the announcement was made that current principal of Butler Avenue School, Vanessa Brown, will be moved to Sunset Avenue School. Robert Turlington, who is one of the current assistant principals of Clinton High School, has been named as the new principal at Butler, replacing Brown.
Blount’s decision, he explained, was made to help the schools continue to grow and provide a positive education for the students.
“Vanessa Brown and Robert Turlington have been outstanding employees and actively involved in our community,” Blount stated. “They are both highly respected and will bring different skill sets to their new schools. We are looking forward to them leading alongside the personnel at Butler and Sunset. Robert and Mrs. Brown have been in our schools and been a part of the community. Both are highly capable and motivating leaders. I fully anticipate that Clinton City Schools will continue to move in a positive direction with these recent changes.”
Brown, who has been in education for the last 17 years, has served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. She has served the last four years at Butler Avenue School. Having the philosophy that every child can learn and every child will learn, Brown says she truly enjoys the children and their inquisitiveness.
“I enjoy watching them learn, in all they do,” Brown shared.
As the principal of Sunset Avenue, where she will be working with fourth and fifth graders, Brown said she plans to bring new techniques of teaching and learning.
“In bringing new things, Sunset Avenue, I trust, will be challenged to make continued growth,” Brown said. “I want to encourage the teachers to continue doing the great things they are currently doing, and increase the personal instruction of our students.”
Turlington will be entering Butler Avenue in his first role as a principal. He has served the last three years as an assistant principal at Clinton High School. In the last 12 years of serving in the education role, he has been a math teacher, media coordinator and assistant principal.
“My philosophy on education is simple, ‘Make every day an opportunity to learn and be better than the day before,’” Turlington said. “I enjoy being a part of the success and growth of our children. To be an active participant in the development of young people from child to a productive citizen is most rewarding.”
Turlington said he is coming into a school where things have been done exceptionally well under the leadership of Brown. His first goal, he noted, is to accentuate and build upon the success of the school.
“My second goal is to use the strengths of our staff to further the achievement levels of our students,” Turlington said. “My third goal will be to build a spirit among our community, staff and students that empowers and motivates all to continually improve.”
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