MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - One thing they all seemed to have in common, however, is that they wanted someone who would be committed to the students and in it for the long haul.
One of the people who attended a public talk about what Moss Point needs in its next superintendent was Lena Sanders. "I truly believe the person coming here has to embrace the community. The parent and business people, and make them a part of the system and have a long term vision for this district," Sanders said.
Former Moss Point High School teacher, John Lowe, voiced similar concerns. "I taught here for 11 years and I went through four or five superintendents and four or five principals. Some, for good reasons, left and came, but that five year period is so important that they make some type of long term commitment," Lowe said.
Charlotte Richardson, a lifelong citizen of Moss Point, says she's looking for someone to bring in fresh ideas and positive energy. She says regardless of what's happened in the past, it's time to move forward. "We need someone coming in here who is engaged throughout the entire community and who will set the atmosphere so high, with a positive atmosphere. We can continue to use that energy, positive energy to move forward," Richardson said.
The goal is to have a new superintendent in place by July 1, but board members like Clifton Magee say if they don't find a worthy successor by that time, the last thing they plan to do is settle.
"We're not going to be driven by a date, we're going to be driven by the selection pool we have for a superintendent," Magee said. "We've been down too long and we're basically moving forward. That's where we want to be. Moving forward and competing with the rest of the school districts here on the coast and the rest of the state."