In a letter to the board, Couey announced she is resigning her position as Superintendent effective June 30 due to health reasons.
Couey also requested in her letter that she be relinquished of her duties immediately to allow the board to name an acting superintendent to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.
The board voted unanimously to name Assistant Superintendent Beth Sewell acting superintendent to serve until a deliberate and extensive search can be conducted for the district’s next superintendent.
“In selecting an acting superintendent, the board sought someone who could continue the initiatives already established to achieve the board’s goals of becoming a high performing district and increasing the graduation rate to 75 percent by 2012,” Board president Picket Wilson said.
“The board also desired someone who does not plan to seek the position permanently,” Wilson added.
“I appreciate the board’s confidence in me to continue the work already begun by this administrative team,” said Sewell.
With an acting superintendent in position, the board will now focus on finding a long-term replacement. While the board has not discussed or decided on the details of a search, the board fully intends to involve SSD administrators, faculty, parents and community members in the process.
“The school board’s primary concern continues to be the children of the Starkville School District and their education,” Wilson said.
“The board is committed to finding the best and most qualified person for the job.”
“As school districts prepare for increased accountability with decreased financial resources, the position of superintendent requires a visionary who is a leader of instruction, operation, and finance,” Wilson said.