SWINDLE NAMED SHANNON PRINCIPAL
By Eileen Bailey
J.V. Swindle was appointed Tuesday by the Lee County School Board as principal at Shannon High School.
Swindle has been assistant principal at Shannon High for three years and had served as acting principal since October.
Swindle, who was not present at the meeting, was recommended for the principal’s post by Superintendent Lynn Lindsey.
“I think he will do a good job. He knows the system,” Lindsey said. Swindle worked as Lindsey’s assistant before Lindsey resigned as principal and to become county superintendent.
The board met in executive session for 45 minutes to discuss the hiring of Swindle and reappointments of administrative and central office staff.
Each year, the board must approve the reappointment of administrative and central office staff by Feb. 15.
Ed Summers, president of the Lee County School Board, said Swindle has served Shannon well in the last three years. “I feel he is a good choice, and he will do a good job,” Summers said.
In August, about 30 teachers attended a school board meeting to present a petition supporting Mike Scott for Shannon High principal. Scott is the football and boy’s basketball coach at Shannon.
In October, the board took the petition under advisement and appointed Swindle to serve as interim principal at the school of almost 800 students. Scott will continue to serve in his capacity as interim assistant principal, Summers said.
Before coming to Shannon in 1989, Swindle, 59, served as the principal at several schools throughout the state. Swindle has served as principal at West Point Junior High, Mize High School in Mize, Leake County Schools, Strayhorn Elementary in Tate County, and French Camp Elementary in Choctaw County.
He is a graduate of Delta State College and attended Holmes Junior College.
In other action, the board continued its discussion into an agreement with the town of Shannon to build tennis courts. The board voted to take the issue under advisement until the district’s attorney reviewed the agreement. Under the agreement, the town of Shannon would pay $18,000 for two new courts, which would be open to the public when not used for school practices or competitions. In January, the board agreed to lease land adjoining the school’s existing three courts to the town of Shannon.
Also, the board voted to have students in the county district make up days missed during the ice storm on May 23, 24 and 25. Two other makeup days were built into the calendar on April 8 and May 22. Students will not meet on May 27 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.