TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The search is underway for a new superintendent for the Tupelo Public School District and the school board is leaning on the community for help.
A series of meetings were held to gather input from school district employees and community members on what characteristics the new leader should have.
The public was invited to a meeting Monday night at the Tupelo High School Performing Arts Center facilitated by the Mississippi School Board Association. Board members say this is a crucial step in the selection process.
"Our community are very important partners in the educating of their children and our future workers," said Sherry Davis, Vice President Of Tupelo Public School District School Board. "We want to make sure we hear their viewpoints and include them on the decision making."
Many people voiced their opinons saying the new superintendent should be involved in the community, accessible, and bring a balance of academics and culture into the classroom.
School district employees and school principals and administators also met to offer their input. Meetings with other community members will take place Tuesday.
Board members say the MSBA will take all of the input and use it to suggest an applicant that best fits Tupelo.
It will be a few months before a selection is made. The new superintendent will take office July 1, 2018.