Karen Tutor named Pontotoc City Schools superintendent

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

PONTOTOC – Karen Tutor will become the new superintendent of the Pontotoc City School District, effective July 1.
Tutor, the district’s assistant superintendent for the past two years, will replace Adam Pugh, who will become the superintendent of Lafayette County Schools.
Tutor, 50, was chosen by the district’s school board Thursday night.
“It was a unanimous decision by the board because of her vision, her plan and her strength in curriculum and instruction,” said Gary Golden, president of the board. “We want to really see it through to be a Star district, and we feel that she will allow us to be that one day.”
Pontotoc City Schools are currently ranked High Performing, the second best of the seven levels assigned by the Mississippi Department of Education. Star is the highest.
Tutor, who has 27 years of education experience, will be given a three-year contract and a $100,000 annual salary.
She began her career as an assistant band director, choir director and general music teacher in Calhoun City and also taught special education in Natchez and Oxford.
Tutor spent 15 years in the Oxford School District, where she also served as an assistant principal at Bramlett Elementary School, a principal at Oxford Middle School and a central office administrator.
After leaving Oxford, Tutor served as an administrator in Natchez and in Franklin County before coming to Pontotoc.
“I had an opportunity to come in two years ago with Dr. Pugh, and I feel like we laid a good foundation for moving forward and focusing on student achievement and reaching those high levels of learning,” she said.
She was chosen from among six applicants recommended by the Mississippi School Board Association, which conducted the search.
“I think the board made an excellent choice,” Pugh said. “She been an outstanding asset to the district.
“Her strengths are her people skills and the vision she has for the district. She is going to lead the district in the direction it needs to go.”

Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@journalinc.com.