‘I’m hurt:’ Strycker reacts to school board choosing not to renew his contract as Jackson County schools superintendent

The Jackson County School Board will not renew the contract of superintendent John Strycker.
Published: Jan. 10, 2023 at 4:51 PM CST
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JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - The Jackson County School Board will not renew the contract of superintendent John Strycker.

The board made the decision during an executive session that lasted several hours Monday evening.

Strycker had served as the district’s superintendent since 2020 when he replaced Barry Amacker.

Stryker told WLOX that it came as a surprise, considering the strides the district made during his three years as superintendent.

Achievements include the highest accountability scores, highest ACT scores and highest graduation rates in the district’s history.

He added that the stresses over the failed bond issue along with consolidation may have been factors in the board’s decision.

Strycker said he will continue to do his job to the best of his ability.

“It hurts my feelings, you know. Of course. I take pride, and I love those kids, and no one would question that. So, it hurts,” he said. “But, you know, I’m a leader. You get up in the morning and, like I said, you keep going at it. Your character will be revealed and so, I’m going to keep working hard for those kids. But I’m hurt. You bet. But I’ll get over it.”

His current contract runs until June 30, 2023.

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