Youngest Administrator Named in 44 Year History of Clinton Christian School
Upper Marlboro, MD—Friday, September 04, 2009- Just weeks ago in early August, Clinton Christian School named Jason Ottley as its new Chief Administrator. His appointment follows the resignation of Travis Crutchfield in April of this year. At 29, Ottley is the youngest administrator hired in Clinton’s forty-four year history and is only the second African American to hold the position.
“Clinton Christian School has tremendous strengths,” Ottley said. “We have a forty-four year history and very dedicated employees, many whom have been here 10, 15, 20 plus years. You don’t see that anymore. Their investment inspires me invest with the goal of enhancing our school.”
Investing in the future of young people is something Ottley experienced first hand at home. Though a Washington, DC native, Ottley’s family relocated to West Virginia when he was ten. His father, a career college administrator, decided it best to move his wife and four sons to a more rural setting. “The culture shock was immediate,” Ottley remembered. “I went from being a latchkey kid, to living on a farm and taking the bus.” It was there that he also experienced the shift from an all African American community to an all Caucasian one.
Over the past several years, Ottley has steadily gained experience in various sectors of education. He has served as an educator in both secondary school and college settings. For one year he worked on Capitol Hill as an educational lobbyist and has also served as Director of Development for an area Charter School. “My goal is to see Clinton Christian School become a premiere school, able to compete in academics, athletics and the arts in the marketplace of public, private and charter schools,” Ottley said.
Long range goals include upgrades to existing buildings. In addition Ottley plans to begin a Capital Campaign to make use of the twenty-eight acres owned by the school. The idea is to erect middle school classroom buildings, create ball fields to expand the sports program and to build an Arts Academy/ Performing facility. In a prepared speech presented to the faculty and staff Ottley noted, “Anyone skilled can perform a litany of tasks, but it takes one’s passion to move forward.”
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