24 apply to be next Pass Christian superintendent

PASS CHRISTIAN -- Twenty-four people are in the running for superintendent of one of the top-performing school districts in the state.

Among the candidates are four superintendents, five assistant superintendents, a former superintendent, a curriculum/professional development coordinator, a chief academic officer, two executive directors of instruction, a director of assessment, a director of student support services and seven school principals.

Pass Christian School Board Trustees on Tuesday heard from Mike Waldrop, executive director of the Mississippi School Boards Association, regarding candidates for the position.

Superintendent Beth John announced in February she will retire in June after a four-year tenure. She's been a part of the district since 1977.

Trustees are evaluating candidates according to MSBA guidelines. The background checks include reference letters, transcripts and Mississippi State Administrator Certification.

The district consistently ranks near or at the top of state rankings for academic performance.

Most recently, U.S. News and World Report ranked Pass High No. 1 in the state for college preparedness of its students. Ocean Springs High earned the No. 3 spot.