McCoy named Meridian's interim superintendent

MERIDIAN – Former Tupelo Superintendent Randy McCoy has been named interim superintendent for the Meridian Public School District as it looks for a long-term replacement.
Current Tupelo Assistant Superintendent Fred Hill was offered that long-term job on Monday night but declined because the district did not offer an appropriate compensation package, Hill said.
McCoy, who retired in 2009 after seven years as Tupelo’s superintendent and 23 years in the district, said he agreed in principle to help the district and that he would meet with Meridian’s Board of Trustees in a couple of weeks to finalize the details.
Meridian had four finalists for the job, including Hill, but the board announced Monday that none of them would be filling the job, according to the Meridian Star.
“For what Meridian needed, it wasn’t undoable,” Hill said. “They had a high level of expectations, and I was willing to put forth the effort and to accomplish those goals. We just weren’t able to agree on an acceptable level of compensation for those responsibilities.”
McCoy, who has been in education for 37 years, said he agreed to accept the position because of his past relationship with Meridian board President Don Evans, who was a school administrator when McCoy was superintendent in Clinton.
“He and I have known each other for a long time,” McCoy said. “He called several months ago, and we had talked at that time. He wanted to know if I would be available if it got to a situation where they couldn’t agree.
“He called yesterday and asked if I would still be available.”
McCoy and Hill did not work together in Tupelo because Hill joined the district after McCoy’s retirement.
In Meridian, McCoy replaces interim superintendent Terry Larabee, whose term was scheduled to last until the end of June, according to the Meridian Star.
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