Laurel schools select new superintendent

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Board of Trustees for Laurel schools chose a new superintendent Tuesday.

Out of 17 applications and several public interviews, one of six finalists was chosen.

Chuck Benigno will succeed Glenn McGee who is retiring after 10 years.

Chuck Benigno will begin working for the Laurel School District on July 1, with a yearly salary of $119,000, and a three-year contract term.

"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. "I believe the choice is the best among the six that were interviewed."

"The school board met earlier this year to define our mission statement, vision and goals for going forward. We kept these in mind when interviewing our candidates," said Board of Trustees Vice President Mike Axton. "It was a difficult decision to make because of the great candidates we had. In the end we chose the person who will most closely identify with our goals going forward, and who will be an asset to our children's futures and to the city of Laurel overall. I was pleased to be a part of this group who made it their mission to accomplish this without regard to any factors other than those that most closely fulfilled the needs of our children."

Benigno received a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Administration and Science Education, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, all from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Benigno has held a variety of positions in the field of education including teaching and coaching jobs, principal positions and institutional relations at community colleges.

Benigno has also conducted professional development workshops for teachers and administrators at over 90 schools across Mississippi.

"I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Laurel School District family. The people of Laurel have a tremendous pride in their schools and I truly believe it is an untapped treasure. There are so many talented teachers and students in the district and I can't wait to begin the process of meeting each and every one of them," Benigno said.

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