MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - It's Moss Point's new superintendent's first week on the job. Dr. Maggie Griffin was hired two months after the state fully restored the district's accreditation status. Two separate investigations last year revealed several school violations involving policies and procedures.
Tuesday night, Dr. Griffin stood before a crowd of parents, teachers and community members and told them she is ready to help boost achievement in Moss Point.
"Our children are just as capable as any other child on the Gulf Coast or anywhere else," Griffin said.
The Vancleave native has held several jobs in education, including working as superintendent for South Pike School District until 2005. Griffin then moved on to the Laurel School District, where state test scores have since increased.
"I have approximately 33 years of experience, and I am mommy of three sons," Griffin said. "Now, that pretty much qualifies me to bring a lot to the table."
Griffin admits there have been some challenges in her educational career, and her new challenge will be to make sure Moss Point's accreditation status stays in good standing.
"We are going to be looking at our assessment data; we are going to be looking at the procedures. What do we need to do to that might be that spark to help us help our students?" Griffin said.
Griffin refuses to let pressure hinder her performance in Moss Point. She said if everyone works as a team, the district will continue to move in the right direction.
"I am a collaborative leader, and I like input. We are a team and that includes the school board, the principals, students, the parents and the teachers," Griffin said. "With one of those components missing, it is not going to be a successful trip, and we have to be successful."
Griffin will take over for Dr. John Ladner, who has served as interim superintendent since the school board chose not to renew Kim Staley's contract at the end of last year.