Brian Knippers

Principal Brian Knippers assists a student at Corinth Elementary School.

The Corinth School District Board of Trustees agreed that he has more than made the grade.

Corinth Elementary School Principal Brian Knippers was the recipient of thanks and well-wishes Thursday evening as the school board accepted his resignation from the district after 17 years in administrative roles, first at Corinth Middle School and then at CES.

“We certainly wish him well and wish him the best,” said Superintendent Lee Childress.

The board voted to hire Kate Butler, the former West Corinth Elementary principal, as the interim principal for CES.

Knippers, along with the other principals, was present Thursday evening to discuss the slate of staff recommendations at each campus for the 2021-2022 school year.

“In the month of May 2004,” he recalled, “I came before the board to be introduced, and Ms. Ann Walker asked me the question, ‘Where do you plan to be in five years?’ I shared that about every five years, I evaluate where I am. Well, that was 17 years ago. Corinth has been great for me, great for my family. My wife now works for the district. My son came here as a two-year-old. He is now a freshman at Ole Miss and did every grade here in Corinth.”

Butler will take the helm upon his May 1 retirement and finish out the school year.

The board also accepted the resignations of Casey Palmer, finance director; Bobby Strickland, the retiring technology director; Martha Tallent, CHS soccer assistant coach for boys and girls; and Volante Jones Hill, interventionist.

In other business, Childress advised the board of the city’s interest in rezoning portions of the Corinth Elementary School property on Droke Road to the appropriate category – special use – as part of a citywide zoning cleanup.

While the district is agreeable to the school sitting on property zoned “special use,” it owns some property in the area of the Dinner Bell that should continue to be zoned for commercial use, he said. Some of the school property is zoned R-2 residential.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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