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Bay superintendent picked from 33 applicants, board president says

Biloxi

School board officials confirmed Tuesday that Vikki Landry is the new superintendent of the Bay-Waveland School District.

Board president Maurice Singleton said Landry was one of 33 applicants for the position.

“It was a pretty exhaustive search,” Singleton said. “It took us some time to decide. Eventually, we regrouped and based on Vikki’s outstanding work as interim, it’s something we could make a final agreement on.”

Landry’s promotion was announced Monday. She has served as interim superintendent since Rebecca Ladner stepped down in August.

Her contract runs until the end of the 2017-18 school year, a school official said.

Fellow board member Mark Kidd also praised Landry.

“Before, it was like an act of Congress to get information,” Kidd said. “But with Vikki, she would get me everything I ever needed.

“I just think that if I can get along with the superintendent, that’s a good relationship to have.”

Landry became assistant superintendent in 2015. Before that, she served as federal programs director for the district for nearly 11 years.

Landry could not be reached for comment.

Justin Vicory: 228-896-2326, @justinvicory

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