Clifton is in her 36th year as an educator and her 13th year leading Tupelo Middle School. She is leaving to take a position with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
Clifton will work with the organization’s TRAC program, which is its education outreach. TRAC stands for the Transportation and Civil Engineering Program.
Tupelo Middle School has been heavily involved with the TRAC program, which is the basis for the school’s bridge building program and its Information Communication and Technology-2 curriculum.
Clifton said that she will be leaving at the end of the current semester because the new job needed her to begin then. Tupelo Superintendent Randy Shaver could not be reached for comment about her replacement.
“They needed to fill the position at this time,” Clifton said, “and I felt like it was going to require too much of my time to both get the program going and to be able to maintain my school.”
For more on this story, see Wednesday's NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.