By Associated Press - Tuesday, April 27, 2021

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A school district in Mississippi is looking for a replacement for its superintendent.

After nearly 20 years of service, Lafayette County School District Superintendent Dr. Adam Pugh announced his retirement last week. Pugh said he filed his retirement paperwork last fall but waited to make the final decision, The Oxford Eagle reported.

“We’ve been talking about this, praying about this, for about a year,” Pugh said. “I sent in my retirement stuff in October. I got it back and we’ve just been sitting on it, trying to figure out what to do. About a month ago, I got a call from a company and was just kind of talking and asked would I be interested. … It was kind of like the Lord was opening the door for me and saying, ‘Okay. This is what you’ve been praying for.’”

Pugh is scheduled to stay in his current post through the remainder of the school year, which ends June 30.

The process of selecting his successor began this week. The Lafayette County School Board of Trustees has scheduled a work session Thursday to discuss Pugh’s departure, effective July 1, and the district’s next leader.

Pugh served as principal of Lafayette High School from 2002 to 2009. He began his superintendent position in 2012, helping to make the district one of the state’s top public school districts. In 2017, the district earned an “A” rating from the Mississippi Department of Education and has continued to earn that rating through 2021.

“(The rating) is something that when I came back, I began talking with our teachers and staff about achieving that A rating. When we got it, I was so proud for everybody in our district and everybody involved with Lafayette County schools,” Pugh said. “I was just proud to be a part of that.”

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