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Tupelo's schools chief to retire

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - The Tupelo Public School District is looking for a new superintendent.

Dr. Gearl Loden announced his retirement at the district's Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday after six years in the post.

Multiple media outlets report his retirement will begin following the current school year.

During Loden's tenure, the district's graduation rate rose from 72.4 percent in 2012 to 86.6 percent in 2016. The district also passed a $44 million bond issue with 86 percent support by the community. The money has been used to make improvements, upgrade security and technology and build FEMA-grade storm shelters across the district's school campuses.

Board President Eddie Prather says Loden will be difficult to replace. But announcing now, he says, gives the board time to find a successor in an orderly way.

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