Students serve as superintendent for a day

Published 1:26 pm Friday, May 19, 2017

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

Accelerated Reader students at Clanton Intermediate with the top scores got a glimpse of what it would be like to be a school superintendent on May 18.

For some of the students, it was there first time being at the Board of Education office.

Fourth-grade student Landon Bishop said he helped file papers and open the door for visitors to the building.

Students also helped answer calls and held a mock board meeting. Bishop said he enjoyed being at the office and getting the experience. Fifth-grade student Barrett Martin agreed.

Each of the students had to earn 600 AR points in order to qualify for the honor. Points are earned by reading books and passing tests on them. Bishop said his favorite author is J.K. Rowling. Barrett Martin said his favorite author is James Phelan.

Superintendent Tommy Glasscock said the incentive was a good way to encourage reading, and hopes more students will achieve this level of AR points next year.

“We are very excited it kind of gives them an idea of what we do on a daily basis. Hopefully, it will drive these guys to want to get involved in education,” Glasscock said.

Glasscock said it was important for students to value reading.

He said the event emphasized this point as students needed good reading skills to complete the tasks of the day.

This was the second year that Louise Pitts had used superintendent for a day as an AR reward. However, it was the first year for CIS students to participate because Pitts was the principal at Jemison Elementary last year.