TPSD board to get report on superintendent applicants

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo’s school board will receive a report next week on the candidates who have applied to be the school district’s next superintendent.
The presentation will be made by Mike Waldrop, the executive director of the Mississippi School Board Association, during a specially-called board meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hancock Leadership Center. The Tupelo board will use the information to determine whom it will interview for the job.
Much of Wednesday’s meeting will be held in executive session because it will involve personnel matters. Waldrop will make public remarks about the search process at the beginning of the meeting.
Tupelo hired the MSBA to conduct its search to replace Randy Shaver, who asked in April for an early release from his contract as superintendent. Since then, David Meadows has served as interim leader, but he did not apply for the full-time job.
The MSBA accepted applications for the job through Dec. 9. It has interviewed each of the applicants and developed a profile that includes reference checks and, for Mississippi candidates, a description of how that person’s school district has performed.
Waldrop will share those profiles with the board, which has said it hopes to have the new leader named this spring. Wednesday’s meeting mostly concludes the MSBA’s role in the search.
chris.kieffer@journalinc.com