BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - "I think we've done our due diligence, and we found our best candidate," Biloxi School Board President Kenny Holloway announced Tuesday.
After a six-month search involving a pool of 20 candidates, the Biloxi School Board hired Arthur McMillan as the school district's new superintendent.
"I'm very excited," McMillan said after the board's announcement. "I know it's a great tradition here, and my family and I are just ecstatic to get down here and get to work."
McMillan served 10 years as Superintendent of the Enterprise School District in Clarke County. Under his leadership, Enterprise schools reached level five status, then Star status. Enterprise is also ranked second in the state of Mississippi.
"He comes with a proven track record, and he's eager. He really wants the challenge to come to Biloxi and manage our school district," said Holloway.
McMillan comes from a school district with only three schools and almost 1,000 students. Biloxi has seven campuses and almost 5,000 students. That's a big difference, but McMillan said the education of children is still the same.
"I realize that going from a smaller school district to a bigger school district, some people will question that," said McMillan. "But the bottom line is, do you know how to educate children? Do you know how to work with people? And I'm going to bring that with me."
McMillan signed a three year contract with the district, with an annual salary of $139,000. The new superintendent expressed excitement about this new opportunity, meeting his staff and carrying out the school board's vision.
"Just building on what they're doing now. I know they've got great people in place, and we're going to go to work and do the best we can there," said McMillan.
During McMillan's 24 year education career, he served as a teacher, girls basketball coach, assistant principal and Federal Programs Director. McMillan takes over his new job on July first. He succeeds Dr. Paul Tisdale, who is retiring at the end of June.