By ALICE ORTIZ
AMORY – In a special-called meeting Thursday night, the Amory School Board approved the hiring of Dr. Gearl Loden as superintendent of education.
Loden, 39, is currently principal of South Panola High School. He has been the principal there for four years. He and his wife, Monica, have two sons, ages seven and six months.
Loden grew up in Mantachie and is a graduate of Mantachie High School.
“When in high school I knew I wanted to teach history and be a principal,” he said. “I always aspired to eventually become a superintendent.”
Loden has been an educator for 18 years. Eleven of those years have been in administration.
“My family and I are excited about moving to Amory,” he said. “Amory schools are well-rounded in academics and athletics. There is a lot of community support here.”
He said coming in as the new kid on the block he wants to develop solid relationships and plot a direction of what is already in Amory.
Board president Dr. Bill Rogers said, “We are very excited about Dr. Loden. He has worked with curriculum and that is important. He is a young man, but very experienced. It was a unanimous decision by the board that he was the perfect fit for us.”
Some of Loden’s plans will include management of data properly and upgrading the quality of professional development.
He will replace current superintendent of education, Jim Sappington, who is retiring in June.