Tuesday, May 7, 2019

It's Superintendent Seals

The Madison County School District issued the following statement.

The Madison County Board of Education proudly announces the selection of Mrs. Charlotte Seals as Superintendent of Education.

“Mrs. Seals is an outstanding educator and leader with a proven track-record of moving our schools forward. The Board has full confidence that under her leadership Madison County Schools will continue to be the Mark of Excellence in education for our state. We look forward to working with Mrs. Seals as she leads MCS to even greater heights,” said Board of Education President Wayne Jimenez.

A 30-year veteran with the Madison County School District, Mrs. Seals has served most recently as interim superintendent and assistant superintendent for instructional services. Prior to service at the district level she served as both a teacher and principal. While principal at Madison Station Elementary School, she implemented the award-winning Arts Create Excellence Program. Madison Station became a model school for arts integration in the state and regionally. As assistant superintendent, Mrs. Seals has been instrumental in establishing Madison County Schools as one of the premiere public school districts in the state. When Mrs. Seals is not at work serving one of the 23 schools in Madison County, she is enjoying her favorite pastime: community volunteerism.

A life member of Junior Auxiliary of Madison County, Mrs. Seals is a past president of both the local chapter and the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries. Mrs. Seals is also a former board member and chair of the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet Company. She has also served on the Mississippi Children’s Museum Board of Directors and on the MCM Partners Board.

Mrs. Seals is currently a Sustaining member of the Junior League of Jackson having served in numerous leadership positions including President in 2015-2016.

Mrs. Seals serves on the Millsaps Principal’s Institute Advisory Board and serves as a mentor for Millsaps Retention Advocate Program, an initiative designed to support minority students at Millsaps.

Currently, Mrs. Seals serves on the Board of Directors for Canopy Children’s Solutions and Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi.

Mrs. Seals attends Holy Family Catholic Church where she has served as a faith formation teacher for 18 years and serves as a liturgical minister and secretary for the Ladies Guild. Through her church, she has served as a volunteer for Stewpot Ministries and Habitat for Humanity.

A life-long Mississippian, Mrs. Seals was born in Forest but moved to Vicksburg at an early age where she lived until going off to college. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology and secondary education from Millsaps College, and she received her Master’s degree in school administration from Mississippi College.

Mrs. Seals is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Harness. She has been married to Calvin Seals for 30 years, and they are the proud parents of two children: Austin, a Senior at Claflin University in South Carolina, and Ashley, a graduate of Louisiana State University now residing in Houston, Texas.

Mrs. Seals will begin service as Superintendent of Madison County Schools immediately.


Anonymous said...

Seems well qialified

Anonymous said...

Don't know much about her. I've heard both good and bad. Hope she does a good job.

Anonymous said...

Bout time....excellent choice .

Anonymous said...

Good for her. I wish nothing but success for her.

Anonymous said...

I hate to voice this, but if this quality of a candidate exists right here in Metro Jackson......any reason JPS can't hire a local person that is overly qualified like Mrs. Seals?

Anonymous said...

Because you have to live in Jackson to work for JPS and this lady ain't moving to Jackson.

Jackson eliminates so many qualified candidates for all of their positions by insisting that you live in Jackson.

Anonymous said...

That's virtually the exact, same announcement Jimenez and his ilk published when they hired the woman from Tennessee....paying a search firm thousands to locate her. And she didn't last a year.

Everything in the public sector eventually dumbs-down to average.

But, hell, whatta we expect...The board president's private sector expertise is, after all, wrapping ace-bandages around student-athlete's sprained ankles.

Anonymous said...

Undermining your predecessor who beat you out for the job originally is never a good way to move up. Those who live by the sword die by the sword.

Anonymous said...

One significant difference between JPS and other school districts is that the main requirement for any candidate is they must be black. Remember when barksdale offered to pay 100k to JPS for a quality hire. They said no thanks and hired Cedric grey

Anonymous said...

Ms. Seals is a great choice to lead my county’s schools. The fact that this lady was raised and educated in Mississippi makes this choice extra special for this Murrah grad.

Anonymous said...

Why does it seem to be a revolving door of incompetent people popping up to fill the so called "superintendent" jobs state wide? I don't know the latest savior but odds are she will be gone girl in less than a year with a suitcase full of cash for her trouble.

Anonymous said...

This was nothing more than a face-saving move by the board. They got stung badly by their previous hiring decision. Terrible background check, terrible hire, money pissed away, obvious outcome. They paid no attention to the warnings. This was the best way to wipe the perspiration from their brows and say 'whew!'. Did they dodge a bullet? NO.

This newly promoted woman, who comments on other pages indicate spends hours away from her current job attending various women's organizations' meetings, will be gone as soon as she can hang on for four high PERS years.

Who even knows who the school board members are? Or cares?

Anonymous said...

I'm not saying this was a good choice or a bad choice, but I do think I know why she was selected. The school board caught some heat when they hired her out of state predecessor and even more when she up and quit a few weeks ago. Instead of looking at all possible candidates this time the board figured they had caught enough heat and decided to hire from within. I hope she works out, but she got the job because the decision was made to hire one of their own this time.

Anonymous said...

I see a big conflict of interest with her serving on the board at Canopy and the services they offer to the children of Madison schools. Might be something to look at?

Anonymous said...

if the job requirements demand that she be on-site at least 80% of the time, she'll be fired within six months.

Anonymous said...

Why does she need to be on site? I actually would be worried if she spent all her time in the central office.
If your the boss you should always get out and inspect what you expect.
Also you need to stay up to date on learning strategies, management tools, and any other number of school operational responsibilities.

Anonymous said...

4:57 - Let me rephrase, just for you: "If the job requirements demand that she be on school property or otherwise engaged in District activities at least 80% of the time, she'll be fired within six months". Is that better?

It's been reported on several social media sites that she spends a lot of clock-time at functions that have nothing to do with education or her job responsibilities. Junior League type stuff - Activities related to women's clubs and related functions, don'tcha see.

Anonymous said...

Called it

Anonymous said...

Yeah she is definitely involved in the community. But she is also working over 40-50 hours a week visiting schools and tending to district business.

Anonymous said...

at 12:27 . . . There are educators from other states who are better qualified. Don't be a hater because of geography! You WANT the most highly qualified candidate.

Anonymous said...

She was a candidate the first time around. The school board and search committee screwed that hire up. There were 3 local candidates qualified to do the job. Seals being one of them. Second she has worked her way up thru the Madison County School district. Starting out as a teacher, then a principal and on thru to this position. I am guessing she already has her service years in to be retire. Give her chance.

Anonymous said...

"Give Her A Chance". Social media was filled with those comments when the woman from Tennessee was hired. Sure, she has more than enough years to retire...this only gives her a tremendous bump for four years which plays into the retirement formula.

And let's not buy into that crap that 'she is involved in the community' as an excuse for her repetitive absences from duty. And how would you know (9:21) that she is "also working over 40-50 hours a week visiting schools and tending to district business?"

She is not being paid to attend social gatherings and Junior League functions.

The real measure of her effectiveness will be whether she will get the hell out of the way and let experts do their jobs and not micromanage or curry a system of favoritism, nepotism and sucking up to certain board members. If she'll handle that correctly, she can be said to have been successful. If she does not handle that effectively, she might as well be in Canton.

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