YAZOO COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
94 Panther Drive
Yazoo City, Mississippi 39194
(662) 746-4672; FAX (662) 746-9270
YAZOO COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF
THE NEW SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION
The Yazoo County School Board announced today that Dr. Kenyon (Ken) Barron has been appointed as the Superintendent of Education for the district. According to Greg Moseley, Board president, Dr. Barron’s appointment will begin July 1, 2018. Dr. Barron is the district’s first appointed superintendent and will replace Becky Fisher who has served as elected superintendent since 2012.
Barron is currently a principal in the Neshoba County School District where he has worked since 2010. In his tenure with the Neshoba district, he served as principal of the elementary school and of the middle school. During his career, Dr. Barron also served as a principal, assistant principal, teacher, and coach in the Simpson County School District from 1997 – 2010.
Barron is anxious to get started in the new position. “I am humbled and honored to serve as the next superintendent of the Yazoo County School District. I am looking forward to working with the Yazoo County Board members, the teachers, staff, and administrators, the students, the parents, and the community stakeholders to keep a focus on academics. Working together, we can provide expanded opportunities for our students and our educators. I am excited about visiting the district and getting to know everyone.”
Dr. Barron holds a doctoral degree from Mississippi State University, and an undergraduate degree and two master’s degrees from William Carey University.
The Yazoo County Board engaged the services of the Mississippi School Boards Association (MSBA) to conduct the superintendent search process. The job announcement was posted March 12, 2018, with a deadline for applications of April 7, 2018. The announcement resulted in 13 applications with 11 applicants from in-state and 2 from out-of-state.
Input regarding the qualifications for the superintendent, priorities to be addressed within the district, and indicators of success from the first year on the job were sought from district employees, parents, and community members was sought via stakeholder meetings on April 11 and through an online survey. The board used this input in making their decision as to who would be appointed as the new superintendent.
The Board members plan to host meetings in the near future to introduce Dr. Barron to the educational staff and to the community.