Clintondale names new superintendent

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published June 30, 2021

 Rodriguez Broadnax is expected to begin his new post July 1 as superintendent of Clintondale Community Schools. He has 22 years of service in public education, including the last 17 years in leadership roles.

Rodriguez Broadnax is expected to begin his new post July 1 as superintendent of Clintondale Community Schools. He has 22 years of service in public education, including the last 17 years in leadership roles.

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A nationwide search has resulted in a new superintendent of Clintondale Community Schools.

It was announced that the district’s Board of Education finalized a contract for Rodriguez Broadnax as the next superintendent in mid-June.

A few weeks prior, the board unanimously voted to hire Broadnax as the 13th superintendent in the school district’s 66-year history.

Since August, Barbara Van Sweden has worked as interim superintendent. Prior to her,  Greg Green was district superintendent.

The 42-year-old Broadnax has 22 years of service in public education — including the last 17 years in leadership roles — serving as a superintendent, administrator, school principal, behavior specialist, high school teacher and athletic coach.

“Mr. Broadnax is a strong match to what our educators, professional staff, and the community identified in their survey answers,” Board President Beverly Lewis-Moss said. “I am extremely pleased, on behalf of the Board of Education, to welcome Mr. Broadnax to the Clintondale community.”

Broadnax is expected to begin his new post on July 1. He comes from Noxubee County School District in Mississippi, where he worked as interim superintendent, a position he held since 2018.

“He was hired by the Mississippi State Board of Education to turn around the financial, academic and accreditation status of one of the most underperforming districts in the U.S.,” a press release states. “Broadnax’s strong background in management, supervision and administration — with expertise in human resources, instruction, and parent and community involvement — helped Noxubee County push its fund balance from $800,000 to $6.4 million. The high school graduation rate also improved from 71% to 89% — the highest in district history.”

Prior to his appointment in Mississippi, Broadnax served as superintendent at Esmeralda County Schools in Nevada and at McIntosh Public Schools in South Dakota. He has also held leadership roles at school districts in Indiana and North Carolina.

He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Strayer University in Virginia, and has a postgraduate degree from Indiana State University.

“The hiring of Mr. Broadnax follows a nationwide search conducted by Iowa-based Ray and Associates, and included input from the community, faculty and staff,” the release states.

The first step of the process was a community survey, which assisted the board in identifying the next superintendent’s focus areas.

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