Laurel School Board approves superintendent search

At the August 29 special called meeting of the Laurel School District Board of Trustees, the board unanimously approved to contract with the Mississippi School Boards Association to assist with the search for a new superintendent.

Earlier in the month, Superintendent Dr. Chuck Benigno announced his last day in the district will be December 31, 2017, after which he will join the faculty at William Carey University. Benigno has been superintendent since July 1, 2010.

Since the Mississippi School Boards Association launched its superintendent search service in 2006, MSBA has conducted over 80 searches statewide. Most recently, MSBA conducted searches for Clinton, New Albany, Kosciusko, Greenville, Pass Christian and several others. According to information provided by MSBA, the searches are tailored to meet individual school boards and community needs and their search consultants have decades of school board and administrative experience.

MSBA offers three levels in their scope of work – Complete Superintendent Search, Abridged Superintendent Search and Condensed Superintendent Search.  At Tuesday’s meeting, the board approved a motion to allow MSBA to conduct an Abridged Superintendent Search. This search package includes all of the features of the Complete Superintendent Search with the exception of MSBA conducting the initial interview process leaving that in the hands of the local school board.

The services offered by MSBA will include preparing application materials, advertising, recruiting, processing applications, corresponding with candidates, conducting reference checks, establishing interview schedules, notifying unsuccessful candidates, assisting board attorney with preparation of employment contract and conducting of a transition workshop with board and new superintendent.

In addition to the Abridged Superintendent Search service, the board approved an additional 30-day national online job advertising package that includes advertisements with the American Association of School Administrators, National Alliance of Black School Educators and Education Week. The board additionally approved job advertising with the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.

The official application and announcement brochure are expected to be available within the next two weeks. This information will be available at and


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