Clinton Prairie Names New Elementary School Principal


The Clinton Prairie School Board approved the recommendation of Superintendent Amanda Whitlock by hiring Clinton Wilson as the new Clinton Prairie Elementary School principal Tuesday night.

“Clinton Wilson comes up us from TSC (Tippecanoe School Corporation) where has a teacher and an administrator at an elementary school and middle school,” said Whitlock. “He comes from a rural school background. He’s very excited to meet the teachers and get started.”

Wilson, who was educated at Seeger and graduated from Indiana State University, is replacing Joe Walker, who is retiring after 16 years as the elementary school principal at Prairie.

“Growing up in a small town is kind of my background and something I am familiar with,” said Wilson. “I grew up in Warren County. To be a part of Clinton Prairie, and here in Clinton County, is like Warren County. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the students, staff and the community. I’m really looking forward to being a part of it.”

Whitlock said Wilson was one of well over 50 applicants Prairie had for the position.

“A lot of them were very, very well qualified, but Clint kind of stood out,” said Whitlock. “He has a lot of the qualities we were looking for and that we needed in the elementary.”

Wilson is wrapping up his first year at Wea Ridge Middle School, where he is an assistant principal. He had previous stints at Mayflower Mill Elementary and three years teaching fourth grade at Cole Elementary in Stockwell.

“I think the biggest part of coming to this school is building relationships, meeting people and getting to know the kids and the teachers,” said Wilson. “That is the first priority.”

Clinton Prairie still has another administrative position to fill as the school board elected not to renew the contract of Assistant Principal Jonathan Shannon despite heavy opposition from parents, students and teaching staff. Whitlock said it will be at least another month before that position is filled.

The board also approved another one of Whitlock’s recommendations as they approved the hiring of former Clinton Prairie basketball standout Amie Anthrop as the new girls’ basketball coach replacing Jessica Johnson.

  4 comments for “Clinton Prairie Names New Elementary School Principal

  1. May 17, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Just another instance of our employees over riding the wishes of the folks who pay their salaries. the prairie school board nor superintendent whitlock could care less that the over whelming majority of students and parents wanted to retain mr. Shannon, it seems they do things their way not ours. yes, mr walker needed to go, long ago, I might add, many parents complained about mr. walkers attitude and behavior, not only directly to him, but mrs. whitlock as well only to be brushed off each and every time, its a shame it took something tragic to get any action . we think mr shannons dismissal
    is a kind of punishment to get back at students and parents alike for pressing the issue concerning mr walker. perhaps its time to replace mrs. whitlock as well, and maybe some of the board. we as taxpayers do have a say and its time we let our voices be heard.

    • Trixie C
      May 17, 2018 at 10:51 pm

      What are you talking about regarding mr walker?? I don’t know anything about issues with him!

      • May 18, 2018 at 12:23 pm

        Mr. walker was approached by many parents and grandparents regarding bullying and mistreatment of students, and he refused to address the issues, until it was too late for some, some parents had to go as far as pulling their children out of prairie, because the staff simply turned a blind eye to the problem, yes when you bring up the issue of bullying and student mistreatment mrs whitlock and the rest of the staff claim to take it very seriously, but actions speak louder than words, nearly 100% of these issues are covered up because of the bad light it might cast on the administration and staff and board as well, the students and parents effected by this have a silent cry, why? Do our children not have right to be heard? Or to be safe? these issues are all to real, but its so much easier to just pretend as though they don’t exist , unless you are the student or parent being effected, mr walker and mrs whitlock as well should be held accountable for each family effected by their calloused inaction.but no, it don’t work that way does it? mr walker is allowed to simply retire and mrs whitlock continues to collect a 6 figure salary as superintendent , but what about the kids? where are they doea any body even care? do you?

        • Trixie C
          May 18, 2018 at 8:36 pm

          I hadn’t heard of this issue and them ignoring it. But I agree there needs to be a better action to it. I do agree Mrs Whitlock overlooks a lot. And school board too. Good thing at least two school board members are up for re-election.
          I’ll keep an ear out for bullying issues, and see if I can stir the pot regarding it. I do know a few instances this year that students have been expelled for 2-3 days due to fighting. So it’s a start.

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