By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
MOOREVILLE – Mooreville High School Principal Craig Cherry announced he will retire on June 30.
Cherry, who is in his 28th year in education, is in his second year leading MHS. He’s been an administrator in Mooreville for 14 years.
“It is a good opportunity for me and my family,” Cherry said. “It is something I’ve been planning for many years when I got to this point, if I could do it.
“It is just a long-range plan of my wife and I, and it is a good time to retire.”
Cherry began teaching and coaching football in Aberdeen in 1985. He was head football coach at Mantachie, Itawamba AHS and Saltillo High School and was also an assistant at Shannon.
He spent six years as an assistant principal at Mooreville High School and six years as principal at Mooreville Middle School before taking over at MHS in 2010.
“I hate to see him go,” said Lee County Superintendent Jimmy Weeks. “He is meticulous and detail-oriented, and he puts a lot of work in after hours to make sure things are right for his students and school. He will be missed in Lee County Schools.”
Weeks said when he was principal at Mooreville Elementary and Cherry was at Mooreville Middle School, Weeks would often see a light on in Cherry’s building late at night. During those times, Weeks said, Cherry would be in a classroom diagramming his master schedule on a board.
Cherry said he doesn’t know yet what he will do next. His first focus, he said, is on finishing the current year strongly. He will then take some time to reflect upon his next step. He also wants to spend more time with his family.
“I will miss being with the kids and a great faculty and staff,” he said. “It will be a change, but I won’t be in a rocking chair. I will still work hard.”
Cherry said he appreciates former Mooreville High School Principal Robert Smith, now principal at Shannon High School, bringing him to the community.
“I have been very blessed to be in many good locations, especially Mooreville,” he said. “Mooreville is my home now, and we live here. I was given a great opportunity by Mr. Robert Smith 14 years ago to come over and help him.”
Weeks said the district will begin searching for Cherry’s replacement.