TUPELO – Although he’s retiring at the end of this month, Tupelo Assistant Superintendent George Noflin said he won’t be going very far.
“If I can help, I’ll be glad to help the district in any kind of way I can,” said Noflin, who plans to remain in Tupelo. “I’m still going to be around, and I’m still going to be involved.”
Superintendent Randy Shaver said the district will not fill Noflin’s position, reducing its number of assistant superintendents from three to two. Noflin oversaw several areas, including discipline, student transfers, security, health, food service and transportation.
Instead, the district will divide Noflin’s duties among other central office personnel, saving about $100,000 during a time when finances are tight because of state funding cuts.
Noflin, who has been an educator for 28 years, said his decision to retire comes after his daughter Stephanie graduated from Tupelo High School on May 28.
“I had originally planned that once Stephanie graduated, I’d look at retirement, and my baby girl graduated this year,” Noflin said.
He said he will continue to be in the education business and will consider some consulting work.
“I have a great appreciation for Dr. Noflin’s encouragement and support of the children in this district,” said assistant superintendent Diana Ezell, who has worked with Noflin in central office for the last three years. “He is working out in the community as well as in the school district, and he really has a heart for children.”
Noflin has been assistant superintendent in Tupelo for four years. He also has served as principal for Greenwood, Pontotoc and Bay Springs high schools.
He’s also worked in Lawrence County, McComb, Kosciusko, Mendenhall and Yazoo City.
“Tupelo has been head and shoulders greater than any district I’ve ever been in,” Noflin said. “We are striving for excellence.”
Ezell said that when Noflin came to the district from Greenwood, he began a competition among all of its personnel to see whom could lose the most weight.
Noflin said that Shaver did not push him out of his job, but that it was time to pursue other opportunities.
“It wasn’t a situation where he asked me or anything,” Noflin said. “It was more of a situation where in the midst of the discussion, I told him of the possibility of me wanting to retire and it fit in.
In response to Noflin’s retirement, the district has promoted Julie Hinds from director of facilities to executive director of student support services. She will oversee several non-instructional support areas, such as facilities, maintenance and food and nutrition.
The district also will promote another central office worker to be director of student assignment/student discipline.
That person, who will be named June 22, will review requests for students transfers and discipline and serve as superintendent’s designee for discipline hearings.
The district’s two remaining assistant superintendents are both directly over instruction. Ezell oversees pre-kindergarten to fifth-graders, and Fred Hill is over grades six to 12.
Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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