By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
Lee County Schools’ new assistant superintendent knows his district well.
Mooreville Elementary Principal Jimmy Weeks, who will replace Keith Steele as assistant superintendent, has spent 11 of his 131⁄2 years as an educator in Lee County schools. He’s been in his current position for the past seven years. And he’s the son of former Lee County Superintendent Cecil Weeks.
“He has a lot of experience at the elementary and middle school level, while most of mine has been in secondary schools,” said Lee County Superintendent Mike Scott. “Jimmy is from the county and grew up here.
“A lot of times, the assistant superintendent handles the phone calls about problems. It will give the community someone on the phone that they will more than likely know.”
The position became open when Steele was named principal at Shannon Middle School. Scott said the district will first look internally to replace Weeks at the kindergarten to fifth-grade school. If there is not enough interest, it may then broaden its search. Mooreville Elementary’s current enrollment is 692.
Weeks said he is very interested in working on the district’s curriculum. He also wants to be a resource for teachers and principals.
“We have some administrators at central office who are very knowledgeable about curriculum, and I want to learn everything I can from them,” he said.
“I want to be able to help principals and teachers. If there is a problem or a need, I hope they can come to me.”
Scott said that in addition to helping with curriculum, Weeks also will oversee the district’s vocational program and its alternative school.
“What scares me the most is the magnitude of the job that I’ve walked into,” Weeks said. “Keith Steele’s shoes are going to be very hard to fill.”
Weeks, 38, has been a principal for the past 10 years, including one year at Verona and two years at Nettleton Primary. He also taught fourth grade for a half-year at Verona and seventh- and eighth-grade science and learning strategies for three years at Guntown.
“One of his greatest strengths is that he is a team builder, and we work as a cohesive unit because of his leadership skills,” said Mooreville Elementary Assistant Principal Joanna Peugh.
“He’s a very accessible listener. The community has been a big part of his life out here. People will be very comfortable talking to him.”
Peugh has worked with Weeks for the past six years at Mooreville. She said he has a great ability to make all parents or teachers feel as though their problems are important.
“We’re excited for him, but we’re going to miss him,” Peugh said.
Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or firstname.lastname@example.org.