West Jasper School Board hires new Superintendent in 4-to-1 vote

The West Jasper School District Board of Trustees in a four-to-one vote this evening hired Dr. Kenitra Ezi as the next WJSD Superintendent of Education. Pictured (from left) are District 4 Board Member Christy Holifield, District 2 Board Member Debbie Smith, Board President Jean Wheaton of District 1, Dr. Ezi, District 5 Board Member Wade Hosey, and District 3 Board Member Jeff Hughes.

The West Jasper School District Board of Trustees has made a decision on the district’s next Superintendent of Education. This evening, the board approved, in a four-to-one vote, the hire of Dr. Kenitra Ezi.

The board, over the past months, has been working closely with the Mississippi School Board Association, which was contracted by the school district to help vet and present prospective candidates for the position. The difficult and extremely important process came to a head with a hiring proposal tonight, and four board members - Jean Wheaton of District 1, Jeff Hughes of District 3, Christy Holifield of District 4, and Wade Hosey of District 5 - voted in favor of hiring Dr. Ezi. Debbie Smith of District 2 voted against the hiring proposal.

“As a board, we feel like she [Ezi] will be an asset to the district. When she was presented with the interview, she did everything we asked her. She was on point and accurate with plans and visions for the district, as well as with the community,” said Board President Jean Wheaton. “The current superintendent [Warren Woodrow] did a wonderful job as far as keeping things in order, finances, and resources. I feel like she is going to continue to do the same thing. I am looking forward to a new school year, and we, as a board, are looking forward to working with her. I feel like it is going to be a wonderful year, and pray that everything works out.”

Dr. Ezi is the former Assistant Superintendent of Education of the Laurel School District. While with the Laurel School District, she was also the Director of Curriculum, Accountability, and Secondary Programs. She will officially take over as the West Jasper School District Superintendent of Education on July 1, 2021, and is very excited about her new venture with the West Jasper School District.

“I am ecstatic. I just feel honored, and it’s just a privilege to be a part of this family. I am super excited,” she said following the board meeting Tuesday evening. “I’m a country girl, and there is a lot to be said about small town communities. There are amazing things that have been going on in this district. I just feel like they are a hidden gem. They’ve got things going on academically; they’ve got things going on athletically; and I just want to be a part of that.”

She went on to present an eager desire to begin her new position with the district.

“I am just looking forward, especially as soon as I come in effective July 1, in getting to know people and just appreciating the people who have been in this community for a long time, and hearing from people what they feel that they might need in order for this district to continue to excel and grow,” she mentioned.