Canton News

Good News You Can Use PRST STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID CANTON, MS PERMIT NO. 3 Canton News P.O. Box 1163, Canton, MS 39046 • January 3, 2019 • Vol. 5, No. 1 • Canton, Mississippi The Canton Public School Dis- trict Board of Trustees recently selected Gary P. Hannah as the su- perintendent of the Canton Public School District. Hannah, who has served as Jack- son Public School District’s as- sistant superintendent since July 2017, was the deputy superinten- dent of Marshall County School District from July 2012 until June 2017, where he was named Mar- shall County Educator of the Year in 2016. Hannah has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Alabama A&M, as well as a Master’s of Education from the University of Mississippi. Hannah was one of two finalists for the superintendent position, which had been filled on an in- terim basis since May of 2018, when the former superintendent, Cassandra Williams, was fired by the school board. Former Canton Public School District Superin- tendent Dwight Luckett, who re- tired from the district in 2014, has Special to The Canton News been serving as the interim super- intendent. This fall, the Canton Public School District Board contracted with the Mis- sissippi School Boards Associ- ation (MSBA) to assist in the search for the new superin- tendent of the Canton Public School District, and, last month, Hannah and Pass Christian Middle School principal Earl Joe Nelson were named as finalists. A brochure ad- vertising the Canton super- intendent vacancy and outlining the basic qualifications for the superintendent, which were set by the Board, was prepared by MSBA and was posted online at the MSBAwebsite with the appli- cation on October 15. Dr. Mike Waldrop, Executive Director of MSBA, sent an email to over 5,000 people on the MSBA mailing list a nnoun c i ng the search and request- ing assistance in publicizing the vacan- cy. He also wrote person- al letters to possible ap- plicants. The vacancy an- nouncement was sent to the Nation- al School Boards Asso- ciation, which posted it on its website. All inquiries to MSBA regarding the position were answered, and a brochure outlining the procedures to apply for the position was sent to each. Telephone and email re- sponses were made to those who had been recommended or who had expressed an interest in the position. The deadline to receive applica- tions was set as November 9. All completed applications which were postmarked on or before the deadline were accepted and pro- cessed. In total, nineteen applica- tions were received. Stakeholder meetings were held on November 5 and November 20 to provide an opportunity for input on the qualifications, skills, and experiences expected in the next superintendent. Denotris Jackson, assistant executive di- rector of MSBA, and Dr. Tommye Henderson, MSBA superinten- dent search consultant, held four stakeholder meetings with district office staff, principals and assis- tant principals, teachers and sup- port staff (November 5), and with business and community mem- bers (November 20). Surveys were distributed to each group, and comments from each meeting were scripted. The surveys were Grace Episcopal food pantry lends helping hand Several years ago, Grace Epis- copal Church began a “beans and rice ministry” in an effort to help alleviate hunger in their neighboring community. After realizing there was an even greater need, they partnered with the Mississippi Food Network, which began donating USDA products to enable the church to provide more basic food staples such as soup, vegetables and cereal. They currently serve 250 to 300 households a month and generally open the doors of the parish hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month, with some exceptions around holidays. If the “Grace Church Food Pantry” sign is out, those in need can enter through the sanctuary to make sure they are registered and get a ticket. All who are in need are welcome. Volunteers are also welcome to help set up and/or distribute. The church is located at 161 E. Peace St., Canton. For more informa- tion, contact the church office at 601-859-2680. By Lori Lycette Hannah named superintendent of CPSD Volunteers pictured (l to r) are, front row: Janice Gaillourakis and Lynn Crocker: middle row: Doris Bates, Rev. Beth Foose, Anne Meydrech, Edie Lea, Marian Durfey and Mary Lynn Robinson; and back row: Herb Keck, Steve Colston, Edward Griffin, Michael Griffin, Cecil Fox and Jim Ladner; Not pictured: Hermine Peel, Gale White, Barbara Thomas, Percy Durfey, J.B. 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