The standing room only crowd didn't have to wait long for Gulfport School Board members to announce their choice as the School District's next Superintendent of Education.
After a short closed door meeting, Board President David Mauffray announced, "We voted during executive session to extend a contract offer to Mr. Glen East."
After looking at more than 50 candidates from across the nation, in the end, they found their man right in their own backyard.
"He's most recently been principal of Anniston Elementary, which is a level 5 school within our district. Prior to that he grew up in Gulfport. His family's from here. He spent some time working in the Pass Christian District kind of learning a little bit different situation, and came back home to us and we're very proud to have him." said Mauffray
Board member Ruthy Dixon had the honor of nominating East, who she says distinguished himself from the other candidates through his passion for educating children.
"He believes that every child can learn and he also believes in the mission statement, which is 'Make a productive citizen and life long learner,'" said Dixon.
Retiring Superintendent Carlos Hicks was given a standing ovation by the crowd. East says his popularity and success over the past 10 years presents some big shoes to fill, but he's ready for the challenge.
"I believe that if administration and teachers work hard, the level 5 comes and we're gonna get there," said East. "Carlos has laid some great ground work for getting us there and we're just going pick up the ball and run with it."