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Board names next CHS principal


By Jebb Johnston


A Gulfport school administrator and former Corinthian is set to be the next principal at Corinth High School.

The Corinth School District Board of Trustees approved the hire this week of John Barnett, principal at Anniston Avenue Elementary School in Gulfport. A native of the state's northeast corner, he graduated from Tishomingo County High School in 2003.

Barnett served as an administrative intern at CHS in 2013 and lived in Corinth for three years with his wife, Kristen.

"We absolutely loved everything about the community and loved everything about the schools," he said. "We're excited to have the opportunity to come back home."

He is in his third year as principal at Anniston Avenue Elementary School. He previously served as assistant principal at Long Beach Middle School for two years. Prior to his internship at CHS, he taught at Tishomingo County High School for five years.

"John Barnett is a proven building level administrator that has outstanding instructional, leadership and interpersonal skills," said Corinth Superintendent Lee Childress. "We are excited about him becoming a part of the leadership team."

With a diverse student population, Anniston Elementary currently holds an "A" accountability rating, said Childress, and Barnett's internship at CHS made him familiar with the Cambridge program and the school's operational procedures.

"The innovation that Corinth has is preparing the graduates for college and career," said Barnett, "and I'm just extremely excited to get to come and work with the staff and students and the community as a whole to keep the tradition of excellence moving forward."

Barnett holds a master's in educational leadership from Ole Miss and is a fellow of the Mississippi Education Policy Fellowship Program. He and his wife have two sons, John Thomas and William.

As CHS principal, Barnett will succeed Dane Aubé, who is currently in his fifth year at the school.