Phillips leaving Columbus schools for Tennessee

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Columbus Municipal School District superintendent Del Phillips has been hired by the Sumner County, Tenn., school system.

The Hendersonville (Tenn.) Star News reports the school board unanimously approved a four-year contract with Phillips at a salary of $178,500 annually. Phillips begins work June 13.

Phillips was in Sumner County over the weekend.

He is credited with advances in the Columbus schools.

Phillips took over as superintendent of the Columbus Municipal School District in June 2007. He instituted magnet school programs at each of the city’s elementary schools and the International Baccalaureate program at Columbus High School. He also guided the passage of a $22 million school bond issue which led to creation of Columbus Middle School, which opened earlier this year.

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