Lee schools names new administrators

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

PLANTERSVILLE – Lee County Schools Superintendent Jimmy Weeks hired his first assistant superintendent on Tuesday.
Saltillo Elementary Principal Coke Magee was approved by the district’s School Board during its regular meeting at Plantersville Elementary. Weeks had been assistant superintendent when he was elected in November, and the position has been vacant since he became superintendent in January.
The board also hired two new high school principals on Tuesday: Bill Rosenthal at Shannon High School and Lee Bruce at Mooreville High. The two will replace retiring Robert Smith (Shannon) and Craig Cherry (Mooreville).
Magee, who was this year’s district Administrator of the Year, will oversee discipline and residence issues, among other things. His salary will be $88,500, and he will begin on July 1.
“There has to be a relationship between a superintendent and assistant superintendent of complete and total trust,” Weeks said. “If I am out of town, he knows what I think and will make sound decisions.”
Magee has led Saltillo Elementary for four years. He’s also been an assistant principal at Guntown Middle and at Tishomingo County High School. He was a coach and teacher in Tishomingo County Schools.
Rosenthal has been assistant principal at Shannon High School since 2006 and also worked at the school from 1989 to 2000.
Betsy Grubbs was appointed to join Dusty Kelly as the school’s assistant principals.
“I think Mr. Smith has done a great job with our academics, and I want to continue that,” Rosenthal said.
Bruce is in his first year as Mooreville Middle School principal. Before that, he was a teacher, coach and assistant principal at Mooreville High School.
“I want to continue the success we’ve had at Mooreville and build on that success,” he said.
chris.kieffer@journalinc.com