By Rex Wilgus/Monroe Journal
AMORY – Anthony Dean Cook was named superintendent of the Amory Separate School District during a special meeting of the school board Wednesday.
The board voted 5-0 to approve the appointment.
Board President Dr. Bill Rogers said Cook, currently the assistant superintendent of the Pontotoc City School District, was chosen because the district is focused on strong academics.
“Our top priority is academic excellence and we wanted a superintendent to get us to where we want to go – which is to be a Star school district,” Rogers said.
Rogers noted that Cook is one of the top three educators in the state with regards to the Common Core curriculum.
“This is a great choice for Amory,” said Gilmore Foundation Executive Director Danny Spreitler. “He’s one of the top three on Common Core. He’s well-versed in all aspects of education and community involvement. He’s strong on academics, but he’s also strong on the social side.”
Departing superintendent Dr. Gearl Loden will take the reins in the Tupelo Public School District at the beginning of the new school year. Rogers said Loden and Cook will work together to ensure a smooth transition, which most likely would occur on July 1.
Cook has been with the Pontotoc City School District since 2004. Prior to that he worked at Hinds Community College and Itawamba Community College. He began in 1999 as the junior high school assistant principal at Kosciusko City Schools.