Beginning September 2, ALL students will receive free lunches and breakfasts.  This program will run through December, unless federal funding becomes unavailable before then.  Parents will be notified if this program ends before December and students would resume paying for lunches.  Breakfast will be free all year.

Free and reduced meal applications are still required if you plan to apply for benefits for this year.

Parents of virtual learners may still pick up meals – 2 days of breakfast and lunch on Mondays and 3 days of breakfast and lunch on Wednesdays.  If a different pickup day is necessary, call your school.

Call your school or 931-243-5511 for more information.


In 1919 all high schools in Clay County came under the control of the Clay County School Board. Public high schools were established at Celina (Clay County High School) with Professor J. J. Hendrickson as principal, Spivey (Hermitage Springs) Mattie Capshaw and Eva Capshaw were teachers the Principal is unknown, Moss High School with Professor O. L. Carnahan as principal, and Willow Grove High School with T. L. Sewell as principal.
In 1914, the year following the passing of the compulsory education law in Tennessee, there were 3035 students enrolled in grades 1-8 plus the high school students.

The Clay County Elementary System had 65 schools located throughout the County in 1920.

By 1977, the number of schools in Clay County had been reduced to four sites, Celina K-8, Celina High School, Hermitage Springs School (Grades K-12), and Maple Grove. The student population was 1556.

Celina High School was closed in 2003. Clay County High School (located on Highway 52 just outside Celina) opened in the fall of 2003. Hermitage Springs High School was consolidated into Clay County High School in 2007.

Clay County Schools' student population is now 1081.

Clay County Schools

The Mission Of Clay County Schools Is

To Provide A Positive Learning Environment

In Which Students Develop To Their Fullest

Potential, Achieve Success, And Are

Prepared To Meet The Challenges Of An

Ever-Changing World.