TUPELO – Tupelo Middle School Principal Linda Clifton will delay her retirement and remain the school’s principal until the end of the current school year.
Clifton recently announced that she would retire in December to become the director of an education outreach arm of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
After meeting with Tupelo Superintendent Randy Shaver on Wednesday morning, Clifton decided to delay her retirement. Shaver said Clifton’s decision will make the school’s transition much smoother.
“He asked if I was willing to stay, and I am willing to stay and help make the transition smoother for the next administration,” Clifton said.
Clifton will still begin her new job in January, but will find time in the afternoons and weekends to do the required work.
Clifton is in her 36th year as an educator and her 13th year leading TMS.
For more on this story, see Wednesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.