By Emily Le Coz/ Daily Journal
TUPELO – Longtime community volunteer and hospital security head Kenneth Wheeler was appointed to the Tupelo Public School District Board of Trustees tonight.
Wheeler is chief of security at North Mississippi Medical Center and has participated in numerous civic and educational endeavors, including the Police Athletic League, Association for Excellence in Education, Boys and Girls Club and Parents for Public Schools’ Parent Leadership Institute.
The City Council approved his nomination at the beginning of its meeting. Wheeler begins his five-year tenure on the school board immediately. He will replace Lee Tucker, whose term expired last month.
“He’s extremely well-qualified,” Reed said, “and his particular talents both vocationally and in the community demonstrate a shown interest in public schools.”
Reed said Wheeler’s background in security will be an asset to the district as it continues to confront tough decisions about discipline and safety. The mayor also noted that Wheeler’s own children came through Tupelo’s public schools with great success.