Clinton High School renovations, along with construction of its Career and Technical Education Center, are innovative projects nearing the finish line.
From Clinton Public School District leaders to parents and students, excitement levels were building in late August.
“These state-of-the-art classrooms, shops and learning spaces will serve as a showpiece for the school and district,” says Clinton High Principal Brett Robinson.
Technical education teachers, he said, “will be able to utilize these spaces in a way that will broaden the students’ learning experiences and replicate industry-level training. I could not be happier to now have all of our departments under one roof.”
Voter passage of a $25 million bond issue two years ago is paying for a number of key construction projects throughout the 5,300 student Clinton district.
That strong support from the vibrant Hinds County community is happening year-round, school leaders say.
“We are so grateful for the support of the Clinton community on this project,” Robinson said. “These facilities represent another way that the Clinton Public School District leads the way in education in Mississippi.”
Project builders provide regular updates on the construction projects at Clinton School Board meetings.
With the work substantially complete, Bill Hardin, the director of Clinton’s Career and Technical Education Center, says he is elated to see the progress. The contractor hopes to vacate the campus by mid-September. The initial project cost is about $17 million.
“This project has merit based on our interest in creating strong career academies, which have actually been around since 1950,” Hardin said.
With the new center, math teachers will coordinate lessons with engineering, IT, construction or automotive instructors, he noted. Art teachers will plan project based assignments with business courses such as digital media, culinary arts and broadcast journalism.
“The new facilities provide ample space for creative ideas to easily become routine realities,” Hardin added.
As a result, Clinton High students will be well prepared for college studies or the workforce, he said.
Clinton High parents like Cindy Melton say they are thrilled about all the new construction that will benefit Arrows for many years to come. The dean of the Mississippi College School of Education, Dr. Melton says solid community support made the projects possible.
“Enhancing the physical environment of the schools and providing additional educational opportunities for our children will have a positive reciprocal impact on the city of Clinton,” Melton said. She and her husband, Derek Melton, say they are delighted to see students enjoy larg- er spaces, extra classrooms and enhanced facilities.
The biggest chunk of the bond issue was spent to build the Career and Technical Education classrooms as well as Clinton High labs. Nearly 3,900 square feet is being added at the north end of campus to provide extra space for band and choral programs. In addition, the school’s parking lot was paved.
Caeley Melton, 15, a Clinton High sophomore, and Cameron Melton, 17, a CHS senior, will be among the students reaping the benefits of a renovated school.
“My daughter is super thrilled about the opportunity to pursue her interest of cooking through the culinary arts program in the wonderful new facility.”
Cindy Melton says she is “very proud as a parent to see the district and community working so hard together to invest in our students and in their future.”