School Business Administrator of the Year

Zinnia Clanton Award

Zinnia Clanton, Business Manager for Conway Public Schools, has been named the 2019 Arkansas School Business Administrator of the Year.

The award was presented to Clanton during a surprise presentation at the Conway School Board meeting Tuesday night, January 8th.

“Zinnia Clanton is such a tremendous asset to our district and the students we serve,” says Superintendent Dr. Greg Murry. “Her expertise in school finance is exemplary. Her work ethic is unmatched. Her integrity is unquestioned. Zinnia is so deserving of this recognition and I couldn’t be prouder for her.”

Clanton has worked as Business Manager for Conway Public Schools for the last ten years. Before coming to Conway, she worked at the Arkansas Public Schools Computer Network (APSCN) and at Arch Ford Coop.

Her peers in school business say Clanton is worthy and deserving of the award.

“I have a few school business officials from other districts that are my ‘go to’ people when there is a question or problem that comes up,” says Tina Wiley, Director of Finance for Cabot Public Schools. ”Zinnia quickly became one of those people for me when she started working in Conway.”

The AAEA (Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators) gives the annual award to an outstanding school business official each year, as a way to honor outstanding school business officials and pay tribute to Truett Goatcher, for whom the award is named. Goatcher, a long-time school business official, Arkansas Department of Education staff member, and AAEA member, was a mentor to many.

Clanton was given a standing ovation by the Conway School board, her co-workers, and many members of her family at Tuesday night’s meeting. She will also be recognized at several upcoming school business conferences this spring.

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