The Clinton School District announce it has selected Melissa Batusic as Assistant Principal of Clinton High School starting with the 2021-2022 school year. Batusic was selected from an applicant pool of over 20 candidates, including two rounds of interviews with fifteen Clinton School District staff members.

Jarrod Steffens, Clinton High School Principal, said “We are excited to have Melissa Batusic join our leadership team for Clinton High School and Clinton School District. She will bring a lot of positive energy along with high expectations and experiences that she will use for students and staff. We believe she will help Clinton High School achieve many of its future goals.”

Mrs. Batusic has a Master of Science degree in School Leadership from Baker University and is currently finishing an Educational Specialist degree from the University of Central Missouri. Batusic also started her education at UCM with a Bachelor of Science in Education.

Batusic has spent the last 19 years as a teacher in three districts in the Kansas City Metro area. She has taught Family and Consumer Science (FACS) for the Shawnee Mission, Desoto, and Gardner-Edgerton School District in Kansas. Batusic has an extensive background in Career and Technical Education including career pathways and real-world learning initiatives. She hopes to work with students and Clinton Technical School to utilize her experiences and help students decide on a future career path.

Throughout the interview process the interview team noted her ability to build relationships with students, support teachers, and work with challenging students all with a calm demeanor. Mrs. Batusic will utilize this as she handles many responsibilities for the Clinton School District as High School Assistant Principal. Batusic has experiences in working with students from all backgrounds using positive behavior interventions and support. Mrs. Batusic will also oversee the A+ program and Cardinal Time advisory period.

Mrs. Batusic said, “I am incredibly excited for the opportunity that the Clinton School District has given me. I look forward to meeting the students and staff as soon as possible! I am excited to get to work and to start building relationships with the students, teachers, staff, and community members. My hope is to continue to build upon current programs and add fresh ideas to others for the betterment of our school!”

Melissa, her husband, and youngest daughter plan to relocate to the Clinton area from Kansas City this summer. She also has 2 adult children, one who is serving in the Air Force and the other is a school athletic trainer in central Missouri. Her family is very important to her and in their free time they like to spend time outdoors.