The Clinton Board of Education held a special meeting Wednesday night to interview candidates to fill the seat of the late Tom Pruser.
The Board of Education interviewed nine candidates and selected Russell Long as the replacement. According to Dr. Jeff Holmes, Superintendent of Clinton Schools, the Board felt Long brings good oversight when it comes to management.
In interviewing the nine candidates Wednesday, Dr. Holmes indicates he and the Board were looking for someone who is committed to meeting the needs of the students, both academically but also with facilities and extracurricular activities.
While Dr. Holmes admits the circumstances for coming together Wednesday were certainly difficult, he commends the Board for their ability to put those feelings aside and focus on doing what was best for the district.
Dr. Holmes was very impressed with the nine candidates who came forward to fill the vacant seat on the Board. He feels all nine demonstrated their willingness to serve the school board and the community. He adds, any one of the nine would have been suitable for the board.
Dr. Holmes hopes more people will come forward in the April elections next year, because there will be open spots on the Board. He wants to see quality candidates bring their names forward to serve.