Two community interest meetings will be held Thursday in the Clinton Public School District’s search for a new superintendent. The meetings are hosted by the Clinton school board. They will be held Thursday, Jan. 12 in the Clinton High School Auditorium. The first meeting is 4 p.m. and is open to any CPSD employee – teachers, administrators and staff. The second meeting is 6 p.m. and is open to any community stakeholder – parents, business owners, civic groups, and anyone else interested. CPSD employees are welcome at this meeting but are encouraged to attend the 4 p.m. session.
The school board is working with the Mississippi School Boards Association in the search process.
The current superintendent, Dr. Phil Burchfield, is retiring in June after serving nine school years as CPSD superintendent and 42 total years in public education.
On Saturday, January 14th, the Arts Council of Clinton will present a Eudora Welty Symposium at Aven Hall on the Mississippi College campus. Symposium panelists will be: Welty Scholars, Dr. Suzanne Marrs, retired professor from Millsaps College and Eudora Welty biographer, Dr. Elizabeth Crews, a professor at Blue Mountain College and singer/songwriters, Claire Holley and Kate Campbell. The event is free to the public. This program is financially assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council.
That evening at 6:00 PM, Claire Holley and Kate Campbell will be in concert at Swor Auditorium in Nelson Hall on the Mississippi College campus. Both singer/songwriters say that their songwriting has been inspired by the work and life of Eudora Welty. Both performers are native Mississippians and are both talented musicians. It was a conversation between Arts Council of Clinton President, Ricky Nations, and Claire Holley concerning Welty’s influence in her songwriting that helped to bring the symposium and concert together. Holley performed in the 2016 Thacker Mountain Radio Hour in Clinton.
As an added bonus, Acorn Gallery at 406 Monroe St will have on exhibit fourteen of Eudora Welty’s WPA photos. These photos are provided by the Mississippi Dept of Archives and History and will be on display at Acorn beginning this week thru January 31st. For those that will be attending the symposium and concert, a short two block walk north on Monroe Street will take people to the Acorn Gallery. The Arts Council of Clinton is thankful to Acorn Gallery for their help with this event.
Tickets for the concert or symposium can be purchased/claimed at http://www.artscouncilofclinton.org/. Tickets at the door will be $20 and $10 for students and children. For those that purchase online, using the Promo Code: TWO4 will receive a 25% discount on their tickets ($5 savings per adult ticket). Second, the symposium is free as it is being financially assisted by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the Mississippi Humanities Council.