It is a season of changes as Corinth School District students return to the classroom on Monday.
New faces abound in administration with a different principal at each campus and several new assistant principals, also.
The new school administrators are:
Corinth High School – Dana Bullard, principal. Jamie Nunley retains the post of assistant principal.
Corinth Middle School – Marty Walker, principal, and Alex Bondurant, assistant principal.
Corinth Elementary School – Chris Butler, principal, and Allison Hall and Carli Minga, assistant principals.
Two of the exiting principals – Nathan Hall, who was at Corinth Middle School, and John Barnett, who was at Corinth High School – have joined the administrative office. The district was considering the hire of an assistant superintendent but instead opted to move those two into the new district administrative roles.
Superintendent Lee Childress said they will be involved in developing the old East Corinth property as a center of innovation as the district implements a new five-year District of Innovation plan, along with regular operational matters.
“These two individuals have demonstrated their ability to run schools successfully,” he said. “They have a lot of ideas they can run at the district level. Each will be charged with specific responsibilities and areas that they will emphasize.”
One of Hall’s first tasks is getting school resource officers in place. For the first time, the district will utilize officers, with one at each campus. Childress expects the new hires to be in place in the next three to four weeks. The district received a policing grant that will fund a portion of the three salaries.
Bullard is returning to the district after several years in which she worked with the Mississippi Department of Education and then served as principal at Aberdeen High School. She previously served as the Corinth district’s Cambridge coordinator.
“We’re excited that Dr. Bullard has returned to the Corinth School District,” said Childress. “With her experience that she gained at the MDE and as principal at Aberdeen High School, her understanding of the Cambridge program and understanding of how the high school has operated, and with her ideas, I think she will continue to move Corinth High School forward.”
Walker has served as both a classroom teacher and assistant principal at the elementary school for the last seven years.
“He has demonstrated his knowledge and understanding of what it takes to successfully run a school,” said Childress, “and I believe that he will provide the leadership needed at Corinth Middle School to move them forward.”
Butler has served as an assistant principal at Corinth Elementary School along with serving as the director of a counseling grant of the past several years. He has also previously served as an assistant principal and principal in the Alcorn School District.
Childress said Butler “has been very instrumental in moving the achievement at Corinth Elementary School over the last several years.”
Brian Knippers, the CES principal who retired after 17 years in administrative roles, has been hired as a science teacher at Corinth High School.
Staffing actions from meetings of the board of trustees on July 8 and July 20 include the following hires:
Corinth High School – Cameron Glenn, head volleyball coach; Clark Whitten, head girls basketball coach; Carlos Fuentes, Spanish teacher; Penny Lawrence, theater/speech teacher; Brent Johnson, assistant boys and girls soccer coach; Blake Hendrix, assistant baseball coach; Melanie Walker, teacher; Collin Minga, teacher and assistant baseball coach; Sallie Beth McCullough, yearbook sponsor; Brent Johnson, video production; James Monroe, history teacher
Corinth Middle School – Leo Burnett, P.E. teacher and head football coach; Blake Hendrix, alternative school teacher, head volleyball coach and assistant baseball coach; Bartley Nethery, homeless interventionist; Cortney Ray, SPED assistant
Corinth Elementary School – Leslie Hall, counselor; Sky Leigh Jackson, Carrie Lambert, Julia Gable, Renee Nathans and Caleb Boswell, teachers; Ashley Shipman and Chrystal Whitley, teacher assistants; Hilda Mitchell, part-time dyslexia teacher; Lana Moss, part-time teacher; Whitney Bolton, kindergarten teacher assistant; Lacey Crabb, pre-K teacher assistant
Corinth High School — Alesha Knight, teacher
Corinth Middle School – Chris Killough, assistant principal; Clark Whitten, assistant girls basketball coach; Cameron Glenn, head volleyball coach; Amy Ray, science teacher
Corinth Elementary School – Chesnee Bowdry, counselor
Central office – Kristie Studdard, food service director