Assistant Superintendent tapped to lead Clinton’s public schools

Dr. Tim Martin will be the fifth superintendent of the Clinton Public School District.

The Clinton School Board announced his hire Tuesday during the April board meeting. Martin will begin as superintendent on July 1. He replaces Dr. Phil Burchfield who is retiring in June.

“I’ve been part of the tremendous successes in the Clinton Public School District as a principal and assistant superintendent under the leadership of two wonderful superintendents, Dr. (Tommie) Henderson and Dr. Burchfield,” he said. “Now I want to continue that success into the future.”

School Board President Derek Holmes said the board is looking forward to Martin taking over leadership of CPSD.

“We are extremely excited to have Dr. Martin move into this role,” he said. “He knows this district and he’s well respected by our faculty, parents and community. Previous superintendents have built a solid foundation of excellence and he has a strong vision for the future.”

During his time as assistant superintendent, Martin was involved in leading CPSD through several major changes and initiatives, including the shift to the Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards, the 1:1 Technology Initiative (providing a Mac device to every student and teacher); and implementing the Career Academy Model at Clinton High School.

He holds a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction from Mississippi College; an educational specialist degree in administration and supervision from Delta State University; a master’s degree in educational administration and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, both from Mississippi College; and a bachelor’s degree in Bible and Christian education from Holmes College of the Bible in Greenville, S.C.

He began his career in 1986 as an associate pastor and youth minister at Congregational Fellowship Church. He began his education career in 1987 the Jackson Public Schools, at Oak Forest Elementary School and Chastain Middle School, before being named assistant principal at Grenada Middle School in 1995.

In 1996 he returned to JPS as assistant principal at Chastain, and he was named principal of Lovett Elementary School in Clinton in 1998.

He served as principal of Clinton Junior High School from 2000-03, and he has served as CPSD’s assistant superintendent since 2003.

“Clinton has maintained very high performance in student achievement in spite of changing demographics, increased accountability and changing state tests,” he said. “I firmly believe that if you set high expectations, students will rise to meet those expectations. We have done that in Clinton, and we will continue to do so.”

Martin has won numerous awards including Chastain Middle School Teacher of the Year (1994); CPSD Administrator of the Year (2000); Mississippi College Distinguished Alumnus Department of Teacher Education and Leadership (2011); and Education Resources LLC Excellence in Leadership award (2015).

“I would like to thank my wife and children for their support, throughout my career and during this process,” he said.

Dr. Martin is married to Cindy Martin and they have three children, Lindsey, Sara, and Hunter. He is a deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church in Clinton.

 

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