School mourns passing of former leader

By NANCY GREEN,

Longtime educator Dr. David F. Sistrunk, 68, passed away Monday at his home in Kosciusko from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Dr. Sistrunk served 19 years as superintendent of Kosciusko City Schools before his retirement in 2009. He began as a teacher and coach at Oak Hill Academy at West Point and served as a principal in Luxora, Ark. and Pontotoc. He had also served as superintendent of schools at Violet Hill, Ark.

School board president Dr. Kenneth Quick said Dr. Sistrunk was well known in the state as an educator.

“He was not just a strong, but a very strong educator. He was good for our schools, bringing them to the A status. He was a good administrator,” Quick said.

He was a member of the Mississippi State Board of Education from 2005-2009 and a member of the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University, where he attained a Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree and his Doctorate of Education. He was an avid outdoorsman, artist, knife maker and a huge MSU fan.

Dr. Tim Alford, who served on the school board during Dr. Sistrunk’s tenure, said he was the most competent, most capable and insightful leader. “The district is still benefitting from his legacy. He set high standards, set the bar high and we will never forget it. He truly cared for all the children and had a heart for them from the littlest to the least,” Alford added.

Mayor Jimmy Cockroft said he always enjoyed working with him and appreciated his leadership.

“He did his thing, but it was always for the best interest of the school district,” Cockroft said.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at Jordan Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church with burial to follow in Parkway Cemetery. Dr. Scott Wright will officiate.

See full obit here.