Tupelo school chief search to include stakeholder input

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo school board members are working to schedule meetings for stakeholders to share their opinions on qualities desired in the district’s next superintendent.
School board Vice President Eddie Prather will get in touch with the Mississippi School Board Association, the organization that is conducting the superintendent search, to schedule those meetings in the near future.
The board discussed the search process during Tuesday’s regular meeting. The next superintendent will replace Randy Shaver, who asked for and was granted an early release from the final two years of his contract in April. David Meadows is currently serving as interim superintendent.
Board members said they would like to have the search firm meet with several stakeholder groups as part of the process. There likely will be separate meetings with community members, representatives of businesses and other organizations, parents, teachers, staff members and administrators.
The board also discussed the possibility of having an online survey and maybe even a paper survey to allow those unable to attend the meetings to have input.
The MSBA will use the feedback it receives from the meetings and possibly from the surveys to create a profile of the superintendent Tupelo is seeking. It will use that profile to create an advertisement for the position and also to screen candidates.
The MSBA will then present a list of several finalists to the school board. The board has the authority to choose the superintendent.
School board members already have given the MSBA a completed survey of what they would like to see from the new superintendent.
chris.kieffer@journalinc.com