DeSoto County Schools Supt. Cory Uselton Tuesday announced that two of the district’s principals will transition to new locations when the new school year begins.
Bettye Magee and Chris Stafford will assume new offices when the 2018-19 school year starts for them on July 1.
Now principal at Hope Sullivan Elementary School in Southaven, Magee will take over as principal of Pleasant Hill Elementary School in Olive Branch for the 2018-19 school year.
Magee, who has led Hope Sullivan the past five years, will take over for current Pleasant Hill principal Jamie Loper, who is retiring at the end of the current school year after 14 years leading the Olive Branch school.
“Mrs. Magee has a unique skill set because of her experience at both the elementary and the secondary level,” said Uselton. “She is well respected at Hope Sullivan and throughout our school district, and she is excited about the opportunity to lead Pleasant Hill Elementary School.”
Stafford, the current assistant principal for the DeSoto Alternative Center in Horn Lake, will assume duties there as the school principal with the retirement of current administrator Daniel Cooperwood, who will also be retiring at the end of June.
Before coming to the DeSoto Alternative Center, Stafford was an assistant principal at Hernando High School and was a director in the Central Services office in Hernando.
“Mr. Stafford brings experience from several different areas,” Uselton noted. “This experience will serve him well as he transitions into his new position.”
In making the announcement, Uselton said a new principal for Hope Sullivan will be hired later this spring.
"We are excited about Bettye Magee and Chris Stafford, and we are confident that they will thrive in their new roles,” Uselton said. “We are also very appreciative of all of the hard work of Jamie Loper and Daniel Cooperwood, and we wish them all of the best in retirement."
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397, ext. 240.