Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Madison County Schools Go Poore

 The Madison County School District issued the following statement. 

The Madison County Board of Education proudly announces the selection of Mr. Ted Poore to serve as the next superintendent of Madison County Schools. Mr. Poore will begin serving as deputy superintendent effective immediately, working closely with Superintendent Charlotte Seals prior to her retirement and enabling a seamless leadership transition on July 1, 2024.

“We are confident that Mr. Poore will continue to build on the tradition of excellence for which our district is known. Everyone who has worked with Mr. Poore can attest to his dedication as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent in our district. We look forward to Mr. Poore leading Madison County Schools to continued success,” said Madison County Board of Education President Sam Kelly.

A 26-year veteran with Madison County Schools, with more than 35 years in the education profession, Mr. Poore has served MCS most recently as an assistant superintendent.

“I am honored and humbled to be chosen as Madison County Schools’ next Superintendent. I thank the Madison County Board of Education for their vote of confidence. Our District is an incredibly special place in which I’ve been blessed to serve for 26 years. The faculty and staff of our schools and our District office show up every day to do what is best and right for our students and families. I am honored to stand and serve alongside our stellar instructional and support staff,” said Mr. Poore.

Prior to working at the district level, Mr. Poore served in numerous roles from teacher, coach, and counselor to school-level administrator. Throughout the 1990s, Mr. Poore led Rosa Scott Middle School as principal following several years as assistant principal. A trusted school leader, Mr. Poore was tapped in 2002 to serve as the first principal of Madison Middle School. Mr. Poore returned as principal at Rosa Scott in 2004 when the school became home to all ninth graders in the Jaguar Zone. Mr. Poore’s legacy as a beloved principal there was immortalized in the naming of Poore’s Pass, the road that leads to the campus, in his honor.

In 2011 Mr. Poore once again was called to serve as a founding principal, this time in the Maverick Zone to open Germantown High School. From 2014 to 2019 he served as head of school at Park Place Christian Academy before returning to Madison County Schools in the role of assistant superintendent.

Lauded throughout his career with numerous honors, Mr. Poore has been recognized as Madison County Schools Administrator of the Year, Mississippi Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) Middle School Principal of the Year, MASSP High School Principal of the Year, and Mississippi Association of School Administrators High School Principal of the Year. A respected administrator throughout the state, Mr. Poore served for ten years as a member of the Commission on School Accreditation for the Mississippi Department of Education.

Mr. Poore is a graduate of Delta State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree. He earned a degree in Educational Leadership from Mississippi College. Mr. Poore is a member of Colonial Heights Baptist Church, and he has been married to his wife Carol Ann for more than forty years. The Poores have three grown children, all of whom are graduates of Madison County Schools, and six grandchildren.

Click here to read the Letter to the MCS Family from the Madison County Board of Education President.


Anonymous said...

Not sure I’ve ever seen a picture that says “good ole boy” system more than this.

Anonymous said...

Mr Poore is an excellent choice and he will correct the problems that have arisen during the Seals administration.

First order of business should be to clean house in the County Office building of Seals' crew of former principals who were given county office jobs so they could get to 25 years and retire.

Anonymous said...

What?! No mail-order/online PhD/EdD??

Anonymous said...

But can he stop the drug deals in the bathrooms???

Anonymous said...

Appears to be an impressive choice.

Anonymous said...

If you kid is an athlete you bet you kid will not get suspended during the season or face any other consequences!

Anonymous said...

Ted Poore is a heckuva good guy.

If by good "ole boy you" mean he's white, well, yes he is white.

But he's also a professional and brings proven leadership to a top public school system. I bet you anything Ted Poore sees kids not color.

Wow said...

12:32 you have no idea what you are talking about.

Anyone that went through Madison schools in the 90s and 2000s knows Mr. Poore and his family who also went through Madison schools.

He is an upstanding person and effective administrator.

Anonymous said...

What? Not another blonde from TN that the school board had the hots for???

They Could Have Hired The Swim Coach... said...

I thought he retired years ago. I believe he was assistant principle either at Rosa Scott or Mad Central twenty years ago.

He's a swell guy, keeps his yard mowed, waves at everyone at his Hoy Road mailbox and only needs four high years.

Let's hear more about that nationwide search. He's a place-holder and this board of clowns simply took the easiest route out.

Anonymous said...

3:02 - Being a good ole boy is not about race. It signifies one of the guys/gals who's been in the stable for several decades, never had a note place in his file, always snugged up his tie and now it seems to be his turn to leave the stable and get on the track.

Sorta like Bob Dole getting the party nomination. Almost an honorable mention trophy but one that pays damned well.

This guy won't embarrass the district and will do fine at Rotary.

Anonymous said...

Excellent choice! Ted Poore will be a Superintendent who will focus on education. Of course we could have held a nationwide search to get a good woke "educator" who primarily is a propaganda indoctrinator.

The last nationwide search resulted in a complete disaster. This time someone who has been known for excellence for decades was hired.

Anonymous said...

I’ve known him for 40 years. Great coach, educator, administrator. Good choice for the job. No placeholder.

Anonymous said...

Ted Poore is a cut above. He is a genuinely good guy. He has a heart for Madison County Schools. He should have been hired years ago for the job. MADCO schools will be is great hands.

Anonymous said...

He's approaching 70? If he's such an excellent guy and the perfect choice and nobody better could be found, why has he not been selected for this job before now? Admitted he probably doesn't fit into the DEI rotation. Place-Holder? Yep. That nails it.

Anonymous said...

True or False:

Mr. Poore is 70 years old.

Mr. Poore retired MadCo schools ten years ago.

Mr. Poore was at a private school for past 9 years.

Mr. Poore does not have an educ. doctorate degree.

Mr. Poore will have to exit PERS retirement.

He will RE-retire with next four being high-four.

Anonymous said...

6:23, So?

Wow said...

6:23 AM

There's a really interesting story in this ancient text that we now call the Bible about a leader named Moses.

Whether or not you believe the story to be true, it offers an incredible example of leadership.

At 40 years old, Moses decided to take things into his own hands and visit his own people, the Jews. He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian and he went to their defense and killed the Egyptian. He thought this would be the moment he would become their leader. Instead his people rejected him and turned back towards Egypt.

Moses then spent 40 years of insignificance, in a wasteland, in the wilderness. But that's when something much bigger that us always does some of his best work. According to the story, 40 years later, at 80 years old, Moses would meet God in a burning bush, and the rest is history.

6:23 you name these facts as if they are a negative. They are not. They might be one day--but currently, they are not.

A man doesn't seek to lead, he's called to it.

Time will tell, but in your facts, I see a man who has served well in his life so far, whose actions have supported wonderful educations for thousands of students (including my own in middle school and I still remember him), a man who cares about Madison County, a man who has now stepped up to do his part.

Mr. Poore, I wish you all the best and good luck!

Anonymous said...

True or False:

These comments are always filled with old, angry farts.

Anonymous said...

Phenomenal choice.

Anonymous said...

Why wasn't this Modern Day Moses given this job the last two or three times it was open?

Each of you is welcome to his/her opinion. It's my opinion that a retired man in his seventies being brought back into the system as a desk jockey is NOT the way to electrify the System to achieve an even higher level of excellence.

He's a great guy of superior ethics and decorum. He's also a re-tread and (yep) a place holder.

Anonymous said...

Wah Wah 8:56

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