New TPSD asst. supe works on transition

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – New Tupelo Assistant Superintendent Matthew Dillon made his first official appearance in the district on Thursday.
Dillon attended Thursday’s School Board meeting and spent the day conversing with TPSD employees. He had to return on Friday to Pearl High School, where he currently serves as principal, and will be busy next week concentrating on the school’s state tests.
“I want to finish the year out strongly at Pearl,” he said.
Dillon said he will spend a lot of time in the district in June as he prepares for his transition into his new position, which officially occurs on July 1.
In the meantime, he has been doing a lot of “homework and preparation” to get ready for the upcoming year. That includes reviewing the district website and central office documents to familiarize himself with the district and what it has in place.
“Having Dr. Dillon will be a great asset to this district,” said incoming superintendent Gearl Loden on Thursday.
Loden said he is still working to determine what the roles of Dillon, deputy superintendent Diana Ezell and assistant superintendent Fred Hill will be. He said he hopes to get that ironed out soon.
“There will be some revising of the organizational chart soon, but I’m just waiting to get fully on board and finalize everything,” he said.
Loden is currently serving as Amory’s superintendent. He is using nights, weekends and vacation time to begin making his own transition to Tupelo. He said he is hopeful Amory will have its new superintendent named by June 1.
That way, he could help that person transition into his old job and could spend more time preparing for his new one.
chris.kieffer@journalinc.com