Smith out as Kosy superintendent

Kosciusko Superintendent Gina Smith and the Board of Trustees have mutually agreed to part ways after over one year leading the city’s public school system, the board announced during a special called meeting Monday night.

Smith will continue in her position through June 30 and will then be released from her contract. The Board will immediately begin the search to find a replacement for the district.

“The Board of Trustees appreciates the vision Mrs. Smith has shown for the improvement of the Kosciusko School District and the many long hours that she has worked on behalf of the district,” the Board said in a release.

The closed-door sessions to discussing the superintendent’s contract and the district’s future lasted more than six hours spanning over three meetings dating back to December.

Smith, who officially took over the role last January, replacing previous superintendent Tony McGee, who resigned from the position on June 30, 2015. She was hired by the KSD Board after serving as superintendent with the Alcorn County School District for one, four-year term of the 11-campus county school district. 

All members of the Kosciusko Board of Trustees were present at the meeting. The board was also advised by Mississippi School Board Association Executive director Michael Waldrop and MSBA attorney Jim Keith in previous meetings.