Dr. Joe Fisher has begun his service as Clinton School District Superintendent, beginning July 1.

The primary focus as he steps into the role is to make sure the facilities are adequate - which includes assuring safety, Fisher said. This included making sure staffing levels were where they needed to be.

“I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of changes,” Fisher said.

Fisher came to Clinton after serving as the superintendent in Atkins, an arrangement which ended amicably for both sides, he said. Now in Clinton, he and his family are settling in. He and his wife Amy have two sons, Colin, an eighth grade student, and Garrett, fifth grade, one of whom was at basketball practice during Monday’s interview. Fisher’s wife Amy is also an educator, who has taken a role teaching secondary math at Westside in Greers Ferry.

Going forward the goal will be for the school to raise test scores, he said. He was careful to point out that this was not to teach students how to take a test, but to “align teaching standards to the test.”

From here Fisher said he was looking at the implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLC) for teachers and administrators in order to work on plans and processes to “develop the learning environment” and to “sharpen teaching skills.”

Also forthcoming is the implementation of a Community Partnership Program with area businesses.

Immediate plans, however, are to meet with department heads and principles to prepare for the coming year. Having had his first school board meeting July 9, the next meeting, Aug. 13 will begin with the budget planning meeting at 5:30 p.m. followed by the regular board meeting at 7 p.m., Fisher said.