TPSD to conduct national search for new principal

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Tupelo Public School District will use a national search firm to help find its next high school principal, and hopes to have a selection by June 1.
The Tupelo School Board this week outlined the procedure it will use to fill the position, which was vacated when Mac Curlee retired in December and interim Principal Glenda Scott asked for reassignment last week.
The district will select a search firm by April 9, and the firm will select three, four or five finalists to be presented to the community by May 14.
Superintendent Randy Shaver said the work of the search firm will remove any perceptions that the search is biased toward administrators he has previously worked with.
The district will not have a say in the finalists that the firm recommends, and candidates from across the country will be considered.
The finalists will be interviewed by a community advisory committee that will include THS teachers, district administrators, students, parents, local ministers, NAACP members, business and city leaders and other community members.
That committee has not yet been chosen.
The advisory committee will then recommend its top choice to Shaver and to the board.
The process also seeks community input. A survey on the district’s Web site, tupeloschools.com, ask participants about their expectations for principal in the school district. That survey will be posted until April 14.
The district will also have three focus groups – one with high school and middle school students, one with high school and middle school parents and one with community members.
Information from the focus groups and survey will be given to the search firm to use when analyzing candidates. Candidates from within the district are also invited to apply.