TUPELO – On the eve of the start of a new school year, Tupelo Public School District Superintendent Randy Shaver met with parents, staff and city officials at a reception on Sunday afternoon.
Shaver and his wife, Carolyn, met the public at a reception at the All Saints’ Episcopal Church parish hall. Joining parents and school staff at the gathering were members of the community who simply wanted to wish the new superintendent well.
“That’s what attracted us to Tupelo,” Shaver said. “There are a lot of people here who know that if the schools are strong, the community’s strong.”
Most of the folks he shook hands with offered words of support, he said.
“No one’s been through the line with an agenda,” he said. “They’re here with a willingness to reach out, and that’s what I’ve asked for.”
Shaver said he’s eager to start the new school year.
“I don’t think they brought me here to do the same thing that’s been done,” he said.
‘A lot of change’
Also there to welcome in the new superintendent was Assistant Superintendent George Noflin.
“It’s very exciting,” Noflin said. “It’s a little different. There’s a lot of change, and I am optimistic about that change.”
Noflin cited new technology and construction as changes he’s looking forward to seeing through at the schools with Shaver.
Assistant Superintendnt Diana Ezell was also on hand.
“I’ve had the good fortune to work for … six superintendents, and every one of them brought strengths to the school district that were timely and helped us grow,” she said. “Dr. Shaver has hit the ground running.”
Sunday’s reception for Shaver was hosted by Parents for Public Schools, Citizens for Tupelo Public Schools and the Association for Excellence in Education.
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