Watts named Laurel Superintendent

Following the review of 22 applications received for the position of Laurel School District superintendent, and public interviews of 10 finalists, the Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Toy L. Watts as Laurel’s new superintendent.

Watts brings a wealth of experiences having served as teacher, counselor, coach, principal and assistant superintendent. With over 20 years in education, she has worked in multiple districts including Pass Christian, Bay St. Louis, Vicksburg-Warren, Atlanta Public Schools and Moss Point.

“What this individual can bring to the table will be beneficial to the administration, and more importantly to the children of the Laurel School District,” said Board of Trustees President Miranda Beard.

Beard said the board of trustees interviewed 10 outstanding candidates, and that the task of selecting a superintendent was not an easy one.

“We extend a warm heartfelt welcome to Dr. Watts as she becomes a part of the Laurel Tornado family, “Beard continued. “The board looks forward to strategically working with Dr. Watts to take the Laurel School District to the next level of success in academics, arts and athletics.”

Watts received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Dillard University in 1996, a Master of Education in School Counseling from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2001, a Specialist in Education in Educational Administration from USM in 2008 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from USM in 2012.

With over 20 years in education, Watts has held a variety of positions including middle school teacher in the areas of science and reading, elementary school counselor, fourth and fifth grade teacher and alternative school teacher. From 2008 – 2015 Watts served in the Bay-Waveland School District where she was a high school counselor for one year, alternative principal for three years and an elementary principal for three years. Since 2015, she has been assistant superintendent at the Moss Point School District.

“I am so excited to be a part of the Laurel family,” Watts said. “I am looking forward to working with the community and my district team to push the Laurel School District to new levels of achievement.”

Dr. Toy L. Watts will begin working for the Laurel School District on January 1, 2018 with a yearly salary of $135,000 and a three and a half year contract term.

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