English named Booneville schools superintendent

BOONEVILLE – Booneville Middle School Principal Todd English will become the Booneville School District’s new superintendent July 1.
English was chosen by the district’s school board Tuesday to replace Rickey Neaves, who will leave when his term expires at the end of June to take a job supervising athletics for the Mississippi High School Activities Association.
“It is a tremendous opportunity,” English said. “My No. 1 priority will be expanding upon the district’s excellent reputation in the face of the current economic situation and with the increase in accountability and rigor in the classrooms.”
English is in his second year as principal at BMS after serving for seven years as Booneville High School’s assistant principal. English began his career in education with three years as a science teacher and coach in Wheeler, and spent three years as a technology discovery teacher in the Prentiss County vocational-technology program.
English will earn an annual salary of $85,000 in his new position. He was chosen from a field of 10 applicants, two of whom were interviewed, said Marshall Dickerson, chairman of the Booneville School Board.
The Mississippi School Board Association helped the district conduct the search and screened the 10 applicants.
“He has worked with a lot of people in the district and impressed them,” Dickerson said of English. “He works well with people. He is someone who is dedicated to keeping our school district academically at the level we are accustomed to and that our community expects.”
English said he planned to meet with business and industry leaders and groups throughout the community to get their input on what Booneville must do “to be an exemplary school district.”
He said he expects “a seamless integration of technology.”

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