Superintendent search firm to meet with Tupelo public

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo residents will have an opportunity soon to share their vision for the future leader of the city’s school district.
The firm conducting the search for Tupelo’s next school superintendent will hold public meetings during the fall to gather input as it compiles a profile of the candidate the community seeks.
A date has not yet been set for those stakeholder meetings, which will include parents, teachers, administrators and community members.
They will occur sometime after the first 20 days of school are completed, said school board president Amy Heyer. The district has encouraged its teachers to use the first 20 days of school to establish expectations for classroom management, and Heyer said the board didn’t want the stakeholder meetings to distract from that. The new school year begins Thursday.
The Mississippi School Boards Association is conducting the search to find the district’s superintendent and will conduct the public meetings. The next superintendent will replace Randy Shaver, who was granted an early release from the final two years of his contract in April. David Meadows is serving in the interim.
The board has not yet set a timetable for when it will choose the new superintendent. The stakeholder meetings are the next step in the process.
“We are going to work through the process and spend a lot of time getting input from the community, parents, teachers and administrators,” Heyer said. “We feel like that is the first step, and that is the most important thing.”
The MSBA will develop a candidate profile based on the input it receives. It will advertise the position, interview candidates based upon that profile and provide the school board with a list of finalists. The board ultimately chooses the next superintendent.
“This is one of the most important roles of the school board, and we will be methodical about that,” Heyer said.

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