New School Superintendent Hired in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, MS (Ben Caxton) — Cleveland schools have a new superintendent. In a press release, the school district says Dr. Otha Belcher Jr. will be heading the district by this summer. Belcher most recently served as assistant superintendent for the Jackson Public School District, entering the public education field in 2005 after serving in the U.S. Army. Belcher has a doctorate in education from Mississippi College, and also holds a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, a master’s of arts in teaching from Belhaven University and an education specialist degree from Mississippi College. Dr. Belcher will take the reigns in Cleveland on July 19th.


3 Comments on "New School Superintendent Hired in Cleveland"

  1. Why have I stopped getting the Daily email?

  2. Cleveland High School, Cleveland, Mississippi, no longer exists. Thanks to federal Justice Department and almost fifty years of their efforts to dismantle the school and meddle in local education, they finally succeeded in wiping out the school, two years ago. The name was changed, the Wildcat mascot was abolished, the schools century old black and gold school colors were changed (by a committee of teenagers) to purple, all of the framed class graduation photos over the years were removed to some archives location at Delta State University and our history is now erased. We never existed.

    And the cherry on top of this Justice Department ice-cream-float is the hiring of a new Superintendent. Welcome to some guy whose most recent experience is as assistant Superintendent at Jackson (MS) Public Schools. JPS has been a perennial example of public education’s literal Turd-In-A-Punch-bowl. If there is a worse run example of public schools in this state, please let me know where. Assuming he will bring with him the skills he honed at JPS, the Cleveland school system will now take its rightful place on the dunce-stool of education.

  3. I lament the loss of the nomen Cleveland High School, the heritage of my years spent in the classrooms, and the closing of a rich heritage propounded by wonderful mentors. In reading the article, especially the closing sentence, I see standards are already lower as the author seems unable to distinguish between “rains, reins, and reigns.” Sad!

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