By Chris Kieffer
TUPELO – Baldwyn Superintendent Ronnie Hill’s proudest moments as an educator are those times when he has seen his former students become productive citizens.
Hill, who has worked in education for 37 years, recently announced he would retire on June 30. The school district has begun its search for a new superintendent and hopes to have Hill’s successor named by May.
“There are a lot of great kids who have grown up and have families of their own and for the most part, they have been productive citizens,” Hill said. “That should be your goal, that once they leave school, they are going to be productive citizens.”
Hill, 58, will complete his third year as the district’s superintendent, following eight years as principal of Baldwyn High School. His career began with 111⁄2 years at Saltillo School, where he was a teacher, coach and assistant principal. He also served as principal of Mantachie Attendance Center, Water Valley Elementary and Mooreville Elementary.
“With all of the changes that are taking place in education, I’m ready for me to go and for somebody else to do it,” he said.
Hill said he has had his fill of school administration. If, however, an opportunity came along to serve as an athletic director, he would consider it.
“I’m just going to see what is out there,” he said. “If something develops, I’ll be interested, and if not, I’m prepared to go home and figure out what I’ll do from there.”
Education has changed much during his career, he said.
“I can remember the first computer that arrived at school,” he said. “We looked at them and thought what do we do with this, and now everything we do is electronically submitted somewhere.”
The Nettleton School District also is seeking a new superintendent, while Tishomingo County recently tabbed Christie Holly as its new leader.