BLOG: Deborah Moran will be stepping down as Water Valley’s superintendent effective June 30.The following is the prepared statement she distributed at Monday’s school board meeting:
“Every decision I have made to this point in my life has always focused on
my family and their well being. Moving to Water Valley was an opportunity
for me to not only fulfill a lifelong goal to become Superintendent; moving
to Water Valley was an opportunity for me to teach my children and
grandchildren that living life to the fullest sometimes means taking risk and
moving outside of your comfort zone. I was able to make this move and
attain my goal with the strong support of my family. Our faith tells us that
to truly be happy you have to stand for something larger than yourself.
Shortly after moving to the Valley my husband was diagnosed with cancer.
Fortitude has enabled me to continue to strive to meet my obligations to
Water Valley school district. Because my family needs me on the coast I
am faced with a very difficult decision to leave Water Valley.
There are many factors associated with my decision to seek the Office of
Superintendent of Education in Hancock County. One is my passion for
education. I believe that education is the key to success and I want to
continue to give back to the community that my grandchildren will grow up
in. I see leadership as a service and I feel an obligation to use the talents I
have been given. I plan to move home and continue working in education
because of my love for learning.”
Earlier today, Lamar Burgess, the president of the Water Valley School Board, said the search to find Moran’s replacement is already underway.
The school board is using results from its previous search that less than a year ago ended with the hiring of Moran and have already targeted “around five” candidates.
“Right now we’re in the process of trying to locate someone,” Burgess said. “The persons that were on the list of the persons that were recommended, we’re tying to contact them to see if they’re still interested if they have not taken other positions.
“We don’t want to go through the process, if possible, of going through a full-blown superintendent search because of the time issue.” (March 9, 2011)