Jackson County

This former band director plans to ‘toot his horn’ for Mississippi as Superintendent of the Year

Barry Amacker, left, with Mississippi Association of School Administrators President Ray Morgigno.
Barry Amacker, left, with Mississippi Association of School Administrators President Ray Morgigno.

The Mississippi Association of School Administrators has named Barry Amacker, superintendent of the Jackson County School District, the 2018 Superintendent of the Year for Mississippi.

Amacker has been a band director, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent before being elected superintendent for 10 years.

“It was exciting and humbling to be recognized as Superintendent of the Year,” Amacker told the Sun Herald. “I am fortunate to work in a district full of wonderful people that make me look good, and it is my honor and privilege to serve them.”

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Michael Van Winkle nominated him saying Amacker has a rapport with children.

“His ability to connect with the students, staff and parents is truly superior,” Van Winkle said. “Dr. Amacker can follow through to ensure that the job gets done. He accomplishes these tasks with great initiative and with a very positive attitude. Dr. Amacker always finds a way to get the job completed.”

Amacker will move on to the national competition, held in Nashville this year, something he says will be “an awesome experience.”

He plans to express all the things Mississippi is doing throughout the state for students.

“Sometimes people get the wrong impression,” he said. “Being a former band director, I know how to toot a horn. I plan to toot ours for Mississippi.”

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