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New Albany School District

Superintendent Search

The Mississippi School Boards Association (MSBA) is currently conducting the Superintendent Search for the New Albany School District (NASD).

The New Albany School District is seeking an innovative and data-driven educational leader who has a proven record of raising student achievement, who has current, hands-on experience with the Mississippi accountability system, and who has demonstrated the ability to develop positive relationships with all stakeholder groups.

About the District


  • School District Rating: A
  • Total Number of Students: 2125
  • Graduation Rate: 88.7%
  • Per Pupil Expenditure: $14,518.75
  • Number of Licensed Teachers: 178
  • Yearly Budget: $31 Million
  • Total Number of Elementary Schools: 1
  • Total Number of Middle Schools: 1
  • Total Number of High Schools: 1
  • Total Number of Alternative Schools: 1
  • Total Number of Career and Technical Centers: 1


The A-rated New Albany School District is consistently ranked as one of the top school districts in Mississippi. The district has a strong track record of academic success and growth. New Albany School District embraces the idea that a great educational system is the cornerstone of a thriving community. Therefore, the mission of the New Albany School District is to prepare all to be successful, knowledgeable, creative, and compassionate individuals who are ready to excel in college, in careers and in life.

The New Albany School District believes it is paramount that community, businesses, industry, and schools work collaboratively to ensure all of our students have access to high quality programs. This belief is encapsulated in the vision of the New Albany School District, “Preparing All for Success”.

The New Albany School District believes that success in schools goes beyond test scores, which is why our staff and parents work closely together to provide an environment that is centered on the individual needs of every student. Strong schools and strong community go hand in hand. A shared common goal of a high quality education, efficient operations, and a strong community is evident in New Albany. The New Albany community and the New Albany School District understand that academic achievement begins with a high quality teacher in the classroom. Over half of the teachers in the New Albany School District have at a minimum a master’s degree, and many more hold national board certifications.

The New Albany School District views technology as an opportunity for every student. The district believes exposing students to technology can open doors in students’ futures. Because of this belief, the district has made a tremendous investment in placing technology in the hands of every student. The New Albany School District is a 1 to 1 school district from pre-K to 12th grade. All schools have earned Apple Distinguished School Certifications. There is also a growing number of Apple Learning Coaches in each school.

The New Albany School District and Union County School District are partnering together to form the New Albany Center for Innovation. The focus of the center is to begin the process of workforce development and training for students in grades 9-12, helping to build a more robust workforce in North Mississippi. 

District Highlights

  • 88.7% Graduation Rate
  • More than 50% of teachers have Master’s Degrees and National Board Certifications
  • 54 hours of dual enrollment hours (NAHS)
  • State of the Art Imagine STEAM Lab at New Albany Middle School
  • Strong athletic, band, theater, chorus and extra-curricular programs
  • 4T Academy Partner with Toyota Mississippi
  • The New Albany School of Career & Technical Education serves 700+ students with 14 offerings from Agricultural and Environmental Science and Technology to Work Based Learning
  • SkillPath 2030 Lab at New Albany High School
  • Strong Community and Business Partnerships include Toyota, CREATE, Three Rivers Planning & Development District, Tennessee Valley Authority, Ashley Furniture, Wal-Mart and more.
  • IMPACTO (Industry as a Means to Prepare for Academic, Career, & Technology Opportunities) was developed by the New Albany School District in collaboration with local businesses and industries to curate robust paid student internships.
  • ACT 30+ Club – 200+ members since its creation in 2009

About the Community

New Albany is nestled in the rolling hills of north Mississippi and is just an hour south of Memphis. This charming city is known for its vibrant downtown, rich arts and culture, and friendly community. Downtown streets are lined with boutiques, antique shops, jewelers, and specialty stores, making it a perfect shopping destination. The scenic town offers a range of recreational activities, from sports facilities and award-winning tennis courts to the disc golf course and the Tanglefoot Trail, a 44-mile paved walking and biking trail.

Applicant Criteria and Qualifications

The Superintendent of Education serves as the chief executive officer of the school district and is responsible to the Board of Trustees for ensuring compliance with all board policies and Mississippi State Board of Education rules and regulations, as well as state and federal laws.

Only applicants who fit the following criteria and qualifications defined by the board will be considered for the position.



Student Achievement

  • Has served as a principal for a minimum of three years in an “A” or “B” school; five years of experience preferred
  • Evidence of a recent documented track record of raising the achievement level of ALL students
  • Experience in a diverse school district
  • Evidence of the ability to use data to improve student achievement
  • Has a strong commitment to pursue academic innovations for all grade levels
  • Has a strong commitment to pursue academic innovations for all grade levels
  • Is an advocate for students
  • Knowledge of strategic planning, including development, implementation, monitoring, and reporting
  • Has a strong commitment to support student extra-curricular activities, including athletics, band, the arts, and school-level events

Career Technical

  • Has experience with innovative approaches to workforce development  
  • A strong knowledge of career and technical education and its funding avenues

Budget and Finance

  • Has successful experience in school finance to include budgeting, monitoring, and reporting


  •  Ability to recruit, retain, and invest in the development of highly qualified personnel
  • Uses a team management approach
  • Ability to develop a positive rapport, while providing strong leadership to administrators, teachers, and other school personnel
  • Has experience in developing a climate of high expectations and accountability

Community and Stakeholder Relations

  • Willingness to be visible in the schools and in the classrooms on a regular basis
  • Ability to develop a climate of trust/openness with all stakeholders
  • Willingness to maintain an open-door policy with all stakeholder groups to benefit students and the district
  • Ability to engage parents and community stakeholders in the life of the school
  • Willingness of superintendent and family to live in the school district
  •  Will be visible and active in the community; including civic and business partnerships


  • Ability to develop a formal process for communicating with stakeholders, including the board members
  • Is honest and transparent; has high moral and ethical standards of conduct; has a strong work ethic
  • Skill as an effective communicator, including speaking, listening, writing, and technology

Invitation to Apply

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Applications must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on March 6, 2024.


The start date for the new superintendent will be determined by the board once the candidate is selected.


Please be prepared to upload the following documents (PDF) into the application system:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • Valid Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) Administrator License
  • Current School District Employment Contract

To create your profile and begin the application process,

click the "Apply Now!" button.

This school district is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all state and federal laws.
Applicants are subject to financial and criminal background checks as required by Mississippi law.

To learn more about the MSBA Superintendent Search Service, click here.


Denotris R. Jackson, Ed.D., Executive Director

380 Zurich Drive │ Ridgeland, MS 39157 │ 601-924-2001 │

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