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Natchez-Adams School District hires assistant superintendent

NATCHEZ — The Natchez-Adams School Board voted Tuesday to follow the new superintendent’s recommendation to hire Tanisha Smith as the district’s new assistant superintendent.

Smith formerly worked as the principal of a freshmen academy at Tupelo High School in the same district where Superintendent Frederick Hill formerly worked.

The vote came at a specially called meeting Tuesday to address the assistant superintendent recommendation.

Hill reportedly worked with Smith for three years at the Tupelo Public School District, where Hill served as the assistant superintendent.

The board also voted to pay Smith a salary of $92,000.

Board President Wayne Barnett said after the meeting that Smith’s salary will be the second-highest in the district and represents a savings of approximately $20,000 from the former assistant superintendent’s salary.

The board approved former NASD assistant superintendent Morris Stanton’s resignation at a June 28 specially called meeting.

Stanton, who is originally from Natchez, was hired as assistant superintendent in 2008 under former Superintendent Anthony Morris’ administration.

Smith will be relocating to Natchez with her husband, Roderick. She earned her an undergraduate degree from Jackson State University, a master’s from Mississippi College and her doctorate from Mississippi State University.

Smith, who is originally from Chicago, grew up in the Jackson area, Roderick said.