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Principal replaced at Morgantown

NATCHEZ — Natchez-Adams School Superintendent Frederick Hill said three administrative position changes within the district have put three educators in the best positions for the district to have a successful year.

In changes announced to parents and stakeholders via a recorded message Monday, Alyson Bequette has been replaced by Roberta Phipps as principal at Morgantown Middle School. Phipps was working as the assistant principal at Susie B. West Elementary School. Curtis Smith, fifth-grade science teacher at McLaurin Elementary, will now serve as the assistant principal at West.

Bequette is now a content specialist working on curriculum for the English department at Natchez High School.

Hill said he chose to transfer Bequette because a change of leadership was needed at Morgantown.

“We just needed to take Morgantown in a different direction leadership wise,” he said.

Bequette was previously an English teacher, and Hill said her talents will be better used at NHS. Bequette has been leading Morgantown since 2011, but until August the school housed elementary students. This year it became the middle school for sixth through eighth graders.

Phipps, Hill said, has previously served in an administrator for secondary students, and he said she is better suited to lead Morgantown.

Smith has stepped up several times and served as a leader at McLaurin, Hill said, in the absence of administrators.

“I was impressed with that, and that is what made me consider him to the replacement for assistant principal,” Hill said. “I feel like all of these are the best decisions in order to ensure that we are going to have a successful year this year.”