Jackson County

Moss Point superintendent mum on personnel changes, sweep of principals

TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD 
 Prior to the start of the school year, Shannon Vincent talked about her goals as the new Moss Point School Superintendent. Friday, Vincent discussed the school district's website stating all principal positions were vacant.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD Prior to the start of the school year, Shannon Vincent talked about her goals as the new Moss Point School Superintendent. Friday, Vincent discussed the school district's website stating all principal positions were vacant. SUN HERALD

MOSS POINT -- Superintendent Shannon Vincent was tight lipped Friday about the recent changes in principal positions at the Moss Point School District.

The district is listing on its website vacancies for four school principals, to be filled by July 1.

Vincent, who is in her first year as superintendent, has already changed out the principal at the Middle School, so except for the Career Technical wing of the high school, come next school year, the district is set to have a slate of new principals. That includes the high school, both elementary schools and the alternative school.

Vincent called the matter a personnel issue Friday in an interview with the Sun Herald, and essentially had no comment.

She said that when she was hired on in Moss Point, "the School Board asked me if I could change the image to a positive one.

"Everything I say and do will reflect a positive light. I won't discuss personnel."

She did confirm that the principal vacancies listed on the district's website means the positions are considered vacant, to be filled by July 1.

Stephanie Packard, spokeswoman for the district, said Thursday, she could not comment on whether the principal positions had been vacated by the school district as a sweep or whether each principal had decided to vacate the job independently.

Moss Point Alderman Wayne Lennep told the Sun Herald on Friday, after hearing of the leadership changes at the schools, "I think Dr. Vincent is doing a great job; looking forward to lots of positive changes in the school district."

In the interview, Vincent stressed other Moss Point school changes, like the one that will convert the auto mechanic and marine motor programs to a aquaculture program, where students will learn to grow freshwater prawns and redfish organically.

When asked if she had anything to say about leadership change in the system, she said, "not right now. We'll see as time goes by."

Moss Point hired Vincent from the Pascagoula School District, where she had been over the Opportunity Center, that district's alternative school.

When asked if she would be the one hiring new principals, she said, "This is my first superintendent job, and I'm working through things day-by-day."

She asked if she had anything to say to the community, parents or teachers in the district about the principal vacancies, she paused.

The Sun Herald asked her if she wanted people to trust her on this issue?

She said, "I think people do."

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