Potter is named to fill Board vacancy

Jun 15 2021 08:40am

Jim Potter, a 1981 Clintondale alumnus, was selected Monday night to become the newest member of the Clintondale Community School District Board of Education.

Potter fills the vacancy until November 2022. He replaces Kary Davidson, who resigned after serving the board for five months. This is the second time Potter has been appointed to fill a role on the Board. Previously, he was selected to finish Ron Fisher’s term. Mr. Fisher died in March 2020.

A longtime resident of Clinton Township, Potter says he has no personal agenda for wanting to return to the Board. Instead, he says, his intimate knowledge and love for the district is what brought him back.

“I look forward to renewing the productive relationship that was started and cultivated last year with Clintondale,” Potter said.

Potter, a regional sales manager for a national auto supply company, stressed his abilities to work collaboratively and with teams to solve problems. 

“My hope is to be a great team member, and to make a difference in the lives of our students,” Potter said. “My experience as a former Board of Education member will help guide me in my decision-making process, and working for the overall good of our Clintondale students and staff.”

Clintondale hires new superintendent

Jun 15 2021 08:24am

The Clintondale Community School District’s Board of Education announced Monday evening that it has finalized a contract for Mr. Rodriguez Broadnax as the next superintendent. The Board voted unanimously on May 24 to hire Mr. Broadnax as the 13th superintendent in the school district’s 66-year history.

Mr. Broadnax has 22 years of service in public education – including the last 17 years in leadership roles – serving as a superintendent, administrator, school principal, behavior specialist, high school teacher, and athletic coach.

Mr. Broadnax is expected to begin his new post on July 1. He is currently the Interim Superintendent at Noxubee County School District in Mississippi, a position he has held since 2018. He was hired by the Mississippi State Board of Education to turnaround the financial, academic, and accreditation status of one of the most underperforming districts in the U.S.

Mr. Broadnax’s strong background in management, supervision, and administration – with expertise in human resources, instruction, and parent and community involvement – helped Noxubee County push its fund balance from $800,000 to $6.4 million. The high school graduation rate also improved from 71% to 89% — the highest in district history.

Prior to his appointment in Mississippi, Mr. Broadnax, 42, served as superintendent at Esmeralda County Schools in Nevada, and McIntosh Public Schools in South Dakota. He has also held leadership roles at school districts in Indiana and North Carolina. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Strayer University, and he has a postgraduate degree from Indiana State University.

The hiring of Mr. Broadnax follows a nationwide search conducted by Iowa-based Ray and Associates, and included input from the community, faculty, and staff. The initial step of the process was a community survey, which assisted the Board in identifying the next superintendent’s focus areas. 

“Mr. Broadnax is a strong match to what our educators, professional staff, and the community identified in their survey answers,” Board President Beverly Lewis-Moss said. “I am extremely pleased, on behalf of the Board of Education, to welcome Mr. Broadnax to the Clintondale community.”

Free Broadband Internet

Jun 10 2021 03:00pm

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a temporary program to help Clintondale families struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from a participating provider.

Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail-in application.

You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, or by calling 833-511-0311.