Prentiss taps interim schools chief

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

BOONEVILLE – An interim superintendent for the Prentiss County School District was appointed during the regular Prentiss County school board meeting on Monday.
Retired administrator Billy D. Stroupe, 62, of the Pisgah community, was appointed to serve in the position until a special countywide election on Nov. 2, which coincides with the regular election.
Stroupe was selected from four candidates who applied for the temporary post, said board attorney Richard Bowen.
The board would not disclose the vote among board members, instead saying the information would be contained in board minutes to be approved at the March 15 regular meeting.
Wheeler principal Todd Swinney has been acting superintendent until an interim superintendent could be appointed.
The elective superintendent’s office was left vacant when Matt Smith resigned Feb. 11 in the middle of his first term as superintendent to accept a position as principal of Kossuth High School in Alcorn County.
Stroupe’s experience includes 27 years in education, 20 of those years in administrative roles.
He worked a total of 10 years as a principal at Jumpertown and Hills Chapels Schools. He also served as superintendent of the North Tippah School District for 10 years.
Stroupe received his bachelor’s degree from Delta State University, his master’s degree in education from the University of Mississippi, and his education specialist degree at Mississippi College.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.