Clinton Schools selects next superintendent

By: 
MEGAN LINSKI

Clinton Community Schools (CCS) Board of Education members chose James Cracraft, a Northville middle school principal, as the district’s new superintendent by unanimous vote on June 17.

The vote was given at a special meeting, and out of three candidates, Cracraft was voted to be the best fit for CCS by the board. The other two candidates for the position included Plainwell High School Principal Jeremy Wright, and Tecumseh Middle School Principal Rick Hilderly.

Cracraft plans to be in Clinton on July 1 to begin planning for the 2016-17 school year. At his opening interview, Cracraft emphasized a focus on having open communication with staff and parents, and noted he wished to be a part of the community. During his interview, he unveiled a 90-day startup plan for the district, as well as a vision for implementing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects in the district. Cracraft spent part of his childhood in Adrian before moving to Albion, and said that he was familiar with the area of Clinton, as he spent the previous weeks getting to know the community through visits.

Cracraft recently brought a technology bond project to Northville as a tool to increase student engagement. Cracraft gave credit to the staff and teachers of Hillside Middle School (HMS) for being on board with the project, and noted that he’d emphasized staff input and involvement with decision-making while at HMS.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know the staff, students and community members of Clinton,” Cracraft said. “I will learn as much as I can about Clinton, and bring opportunities that provide for students.”

David Pray, current interim superintendent, will work alongside Cracraft for the first few months in order to get him adjusted to the district. “I’m particularly invested in the vision of the Clinton Community School to inspire and empower endless possibilities,” Cracraft said.

Cracraft said he will implement his 90 day plan beginning July 1. “My first ninety days of leadership are aligned to the goals of the Clinton Community Schools strategic plan,” Cracraft said. “The primary focus will be to become visible, engaged and active in all aspects of the district.”

With 28 years of education experience, Cracraft believes he is certified to take on the position of superintendent. “I have dedicated my career and life to helping kids,” Cracraft said. “I’m looking forward to a new challenge and opportunity to do just that.”

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