- Associated Press - Monday, May 30, 2016

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Some members of the Natchez-Adams County School District Board of Trustees believe discussions need to start soon on the selection of a new superintendent.

Board President Amos James tells The Natchez Democrat (https://bit.ly/1sno9TA ) that the trustees have been concentrating on the transition of Interim Superintendent Fred Butcher. Butcher was hired in April to replace former Superintendent Frederick Hill, who was fired in April.

James also cited other matters that he said have taken priority, including the district being short 60 staff members.

Still, board members Phillip West, Cynthia Smith and Benny Wright say hiring a superintendent should be a topic for a board meeting in the near future.

“I am going to bring it up,” West said. “We need to know where we are going, and what kind of time frame we need to get there.”

Wright said discussion on hiring a new superintendent is ultimately up to the president of the board, but he said he believes the process needs to be started immediately.

“It took us nearly a year to recruit and find a superintendent who was qualfied and interested in coming to Natchez last time,” he said. “It is going to take some time to find a replacement.”

Wright said the recent firing of Hill and the district’s history of ousting superintendents will make the process even more difficult than the last round.

Smith said the board needs to begin the search and develop a timeline, but she said Butcher is doing a good job and the district shouldn’t be in any hurry to hire someone.

“This time of year, it is going to be very difficult to find someone worthy of the position because they have likely already taken a job elsewhere,” she said. “I think we need to take our time and vet whoever we decide to place.”

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, https://www.natchezdemocrat.com/


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