Monday, July 1, 2019

School Supplies, Not Fines

The city of Clinton will accept school supplies in lieu of cash during the month of July.  The city stated in a press release:


Drivers with traffic related offenses through the Clinton Police Department will have the option to purchase school supplies in lieu of paying traffic tickets during the month of July.

Clinton Police and Municipal Court officials are partnering with the Clinton Public School District to collect new school supplies for students in preparation for the 2019/20 school year.

Drivers with tickets for traffic related offenses that are not outstanding to the court will be eligible for the school supply option. In addition to no outstanding fines and tickets, other offenses not included in the program include DUI’s, suspended driver’s license and uninsured motorist citations.

To determine if your citation qualifies for the program, please call 601-924-4411. Motorists with traffic citations who meet the qualifications are invited to visit Clinton Municipal Court Services, 305 Monroe Street to obtain a list of school supplies for a child in grades K-8.

Once the driver has returned the items on the school supply list to Clinton Municipal Court, then the Municipal Court judge will dismiss the citation and the ticket will not be recorded on the driving record.

Drivers who choose to utilize this unique, limited opportunity will not only support the Clinton Public School District but also receive the benefit of not having the citation noted with their insurance provider.

Once again, drivers who desire to utilize the program may call Clinton Municipal Court at 601-924-4411 or visit Clinton Municipal Court Services, 305 Monroe Street to obtain a list of school supplies or to determine eligibility.

This service will only be available during the month of July.


20 comments:

Rod Knox said...

Was an adult responsible for that program? Who are they related to?

Anonymous said...

Great idea!

Anonymous said...

Why is it that every government run program ever created is always looking for more money?

Anonymous said...

Nice!
What's wrong with Rod Knox at 5:33?

Anonymous said...

When I was in school they always wanted money for air conditioning. Now it's supplies. You have to wonder how much supplies the teachers are requiring and why. I would stock up as follows: One large three ring notebook. 5 subject dividers, 500 sheets notebook paper, 20 pencils. That would last for the school year. In that day, a students with those supplies could learn just about every subject that was taught. (Exceptions: crayons for elem. school, compass and protractor for geometry, poster board two or three times a year for special projects.) The teachers were allowed a limited number of printed (mimeographed) tests, so most test questions were written on the board by the teacher and answered on the student's notebook paper. I know they all think they need calculators, but what I find is that they get calculators and their math skills are much worse than ours were before calculators were invented. So again, I often read about the need for school supplies and really wonder why. Signed - A taxpayer.

Anonymous said...

It's because the State Superintendent is the highest paid in the nation that Clinton needs school supply money. Does that work here, too?

Anonymous said...

Can I tell the court how much I paid for this pack of 64 crayons or do they determine msrp? I paid $640 for that box of crayolas.

Anonymous said...

I like this idea. Shows why Clinton is a Top-5 school district in Mississippi -- and it is 62% minority so it can be done.

Let's Think About This.. said...

Trendy idea for sure. But, there is a real purpose behind a law enforcement agency recording infractions and making that available to insurance companies. This program will impede that ability. Why should a municipal government have the authority to decide to NOT record your violations of law simply because you buy school supplies?

At one time (and probably still) there were people at DPS who would keep a DUI off your record for a thousand dollars passed to them by your attorney. Is this different?

On one hand we complain that they abuse their power. Yet, on this hand, we celebrate their abuse of their authority.

I realize this will be way too deep for the Roguish Gent and the resident Pennsylvania Clown.

Anonymous said...

They need to school supplies because some students parents can't, or don't care enough, to provide their child's supplies so then the teachers or the other students foot the bill to make up for it. It's happened for ages at every school I've ever seen.

Anonymous said...

8:42 - Nobody is questioning efforts to furnish required supplies. What I'm questioning is the ability of the local PoPo to agree to wipe it off your record. Sounds like 'blessings' to me.

Anonymous said...

I think Clinton should be commended for their tireless efforts to maintain an excellent public school district so close to a problem district. However, I do have concern if DUI infractions can be erased so easily. That might be going too far.

Anonymous said...

@9:26 - It ain't the popo, it be the judge.
@9:32 - who said they were doing dui's?

Anonymous said...

9:47 - DUIs were only used as an example. Not intended to claim That's the situation in Clinton as Clinton cannot violate state law.

In case you're asleep at the wheel, this is a program started by the police department, no local judge. Please pay attention.

Ophelia said...

Ummmmm, 11:36 on July 1, had you attended a “Top 5” school, you might have learned that 62% of anything is....not a “minority.”

Anonymous said...

Calm it down 1:19pm. II believe the proper term is majority-minority. We all got what he meant.

Anonymous said...

Ophelia is right, 2:26. If the population of a system is more than 50% something, then it is in the majority.

Anonymous said...

DUI's were specifically excluded. But don't let facts get in the way of posting.

Anonymous said...

Chokway claims Jackson is 81% minority.

Is he wrong also?

Anonymous said...

By the trends Clinton is doing something right. I applaud their creativity to solve issues effecting their citizens...minority’s or majority lol

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