By Kevin Edwards
BC Staff Writer
West Bolivar Consolidated School District has hired a new superintendent.
The board unanimously hired John Taylor Jr. to lead the district.
Taylor has served the past three years as assistant superintendent of the Meridian Public School District.
The vote was finalized on June 13 at the board’s most recent meeting.
“There was a total of 14 (candidates) I believe, and we narrowed it down to about four,” Board President Evereth Stanton said.
“He was our best candidate as far as our interview process. He did exceptionally well.”
On June 14, a video was sent to The Bolivar Commercial showing that Taylor had been officially installed on June 14.
Stanton said Taylor’s term will begin Friday. “He’ll come in and he’ll have to get a feel for it for himself.”
Stanton said one of Taylor’s priorities is to attract certified teachers to the district.
Taylor will be the fourth superintendent to serve since consolidation of the district.
No superintendent for West Bolivar has completed a two-year term to date.
Dr. Beverly Culley, Taylor’s predecessor, was placed on administrative leave in January and never returned to work.
Her contract is expected to expire on June 30.
Stanton would not comment on the reasons for her being placed on leave or the status of her contract due to ongoing litigation being pursued by Culley.