By Chris Kieffer
TUPELO – Rob Hudson was chosen as Tupelo School Board president on Tuesday, filling the office vacated by Beth Stone’s resignation last month.
Hudson, who had been serving as vice president, was elected by the board’s three other members. Kenneth Wheeler, who had been secretary, was elected as vice president. Joe Babb was elected secretary.
The board will re-select officers in March, as it does each year. However, Stone, who cited family reasons for stepping down from the board, had been serving as president.
Hudson said he wanted to keep the district focused on the goals it set at the beginning of the year – increasing student achievement, providing safe and secure schools, attracting and retaining stakeholders and maintaining financial stability.
“I feel really good about the direction that was set with our current year goals,” he said. “Embedded in those goals are accountabilities and measurements which allow us to monitor the progress of the district. We will continue to monitor our progress toward continuous improvement.”
He also thanked Stone for her leadership as board president.
Stone’s seat on the board has not yet been filled. Mayor Jason Shelton must nominate her replacement, who then must be confirmed by the City Council.