MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - The search for a new Moss Point schools superintendent will soon be underway to help improve the district. Tuesday, the school board accepted Dr. Maggie Griffin's retirement letter after almost three years job. Patrice Clark was at the special called meeting and spoke with Griffin and the board about this surprising decision.
After investing 36 years in the education world, Moss Point Schools' superintendent Dr. Maggie Griffin is calling it quits. Her reason for retiring--to spend more time with family.
"Children and grandchildren," she said.
Griffin was hired in 2012, at a time when several of the schools in the district were failing. The superintendent said the district then began implementing free breakfast and partners in education programs, hiring more qualified teachers, and building community support to boost academic performance and the graduation rate, which improved by two percent.
"Yes, when I came in we had two D's, two F's the year before last. The two F's schools, the high school went from an F to a C, and the middle school went from an F to a D, and one of the elementary schools went from a D to a C. It shows the effort that we did as a team," Griffin said.
The school board and its President Clifton Magee now have the job of hiring a new leader with new strategies to help the 2,100 students increase test scores and make Moss Point an all A school district.
"We are going to look for the same things we looked for when the superintendent was here and that is moving the district, providing for the community and helping the school system itself grow," said Magee.
Griffin has at least five more months on the job before retiring, but the search will start now.
"We know the process of finding a new superintendent is long and tedious, and we will use this time wisely with the superintendent still sitting here. We will use her ideas and suggestions as we search for that person to replace her," said Magee.
Griffin said while she's proud of what she did to improve the district, there is still more work ahead.
"The state is helping us and focusing on the needs as well, so I am very hopeful and I know my children have unlimited potential," Griffin added.
Griffin said she will stay on the coast and will still help work with the district and students. As for the superintendent search, Magee would not say if it would be a nationwide search because the board is still working on specific qualifications and requirements.