TPSD’s Hill named superintendent in Natchez

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo Assistant Superintendent Fred Hill was named superintendent of the Natchez-Adams School District on Thursday, the Natchez Democrat newspaper reports.
Hill stated in a release from Tupelo Public School District that he “didn’t arrive at this decision easily but it is an excellent opportunity for my professional future and family.”
He has been an assistant superintendent in Tupelo for three years, coming to the district with then-superintendent Randy Shaver after previously serving as a middle school principal in North Carolina.
In Tupelo, Hill oversaw sixth- to 12th-grades, as well as the district’s alternative programs. He has previously been a finalist for several superintendent positions, including Birmingham, Ala., Fairfield, Ala., and Meridian.
Hill was chosen during a specially-called board meeting.
Natchez School Board President Wayne Barnett told the Natchez Democrat that Hill stuck out among other candidates because of a proven track record of increasing student achievement.
“(Hill) showed he had done his homework, he knew a good bit about Natchez,” Barnett told the paper. “(Hill) gave us an idea that let us know that he knew what he was talking about, and that’s what sold him to us.”
Hill will start his new job on July 1, replacing Interim Superintendent Joyce Johnson.
In a press release, incoming TPSD Superintendent Gearl Loden expressed regret that he would not be working with Hill but wished him the best in this new endeavor and welcomed him as a fellow superintendent. The district intends to launch a search immediately for Hill’s replacement.
It will be the second new assistant superintendent Loden will have the opportunity to chose. He had already tabbed Pearl High School Principal Matthew Dillon to fill an assistant superintendent position that was vacant.
Tupelo has three assistant superintendents. The third is Diana Ezell.
Read more about this story in Friday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.