New Hub school superintendent meets public

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg's new school superintendent addressed the public tonight for the first time since being named to the city's top education position. 58-year-old James Bacchus spoke briefly during a School Board meeting.

He comes to Hattiesburg from Memphis public schools, where he served as chief of student support services. He was hired by the School Board a couple of weeks ago following a 6-month search after former superintendent Dr. Annie Wimbish resigned.

"I'm excited about the opportunity," said Bacchus. "I had a chance when I was here in December to visit all of the schools and staff and principals that I met are certainly good people and they seem to be child-centered," Bacchus said.

His first day on the job is February 15.

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