By Ray Van Dusen
ABERDEEN – A well-recognized last name in local education took the top seat of the Aberdeen School District on Tuesday, as Mac Curlee filled the position of outgoing conservator Bob Strebeck, whose last day was Monday.
The Mississippi Department of Education reassigned Strebeck as conservator of the Leflore County School District in Greenwood.
“I really like it here and the community has been very supportive, but I work at the pleasure of the MDE,” Strebeck said.
He was assigned conservator of the ASD after the state took over the district last spring and has since made several personnel changes and implemented policies in attempts of improving the school district.
“I think the accomplishment is the people working really hard in the district. We should recognize the central office, administrators and teachers and I do believe we have the right people in the right places,” Strebeck said.
Curlee’s most recent position was in the Tate County School District and he served as conservator for the Okolona School District before it was turned back into local control. He retired in 2009 as principal of Tupelo High School and had previously served as principal at Oxford High School and has held positions at Booneville, Pearl and Forest high schools.
“I think the district won’t miss a beat under Mr. Curlee. His name is well-respected in this town,” Strebeck said.
He is the son of former Aberdeen High School principal and ASD superintendent John Curlee.