"I was interviewed for the position Saturday morning and I was informed that I had the position that evening," said West Bolivar Consolidated School District Superintendent Dr. Pallascene Cole.
The Leake County native has resided in Madison County for over 30 years and has worked in several capacities.
"I have worked as a principal, teacher, counselor and I was the superintendent in West Tallahatchie School District. I am to elated to have been hired as the new superintendent for the West Bolivar Consolidated School District – I am very excited about it," said Cole.
While serving in the West Tallahatchie County School District, she commissioned a five-month study to reorganize the school and district leadership staff.
She also wrote and implemented a Career Pathways Academy, improved and renovated buildings, improved the transportation fleet, directed activities for approval of a five-year academic plan, and a three-year blueprint for Common Core Standards implementation.
She started and implemented student leadership organizations and activities and student performance improved each year of tenure.
She maintained clear audits during her tenure and maintained an active advisory council.
In a previous interview, school board chairman Evereth Stanton said there were a total of nine applicants but one of them had an incomplete application; therefore, only eight qualified.
Stanton said the school board was looking for an individual who possessed a strong educational background, leadership abilities, knowledge of financial budgeting and curriculum.
Cole has leadership certification in Common Core State Standards implementation and educational consulting.
"I am going to bring team work and staff support to the district. I really enjoy serving others. I strongly believe that you have to serve others and give them the support that they need. I like training staff, working with the staff and learning with the staff. I just look forward to the entire experience," said Cole.
"I also want to set high expectations. When you set high expectations for children, they will try to attain them. I get so excited when I start talking about children. I plan to have some meet and greet sessions," she added.
Cole said she is looking forward to building a relationship with members of the West Bolivar Consolidated School District Board.
"They have been so wonderful and courteous. I just feel that we have a lot of work to do and I know that if we all come together, we can do it. My main goal is to ensure that the children exit high school being career and college ready," said Cole.
"I am going to be releasing some information regarding new initiatives that we are going to be working on. My first order of business is to work on merging our resources. I want to bring all of our resources together under on umbrella. I am already working on some things," she continued.
Cole is currently employed as an education consultant at the Magnolia Training Center in Canton and she said she enjoys working with others.
"I am looking forward to working with all of the districts that are involved in the consolidation. I have already spoken with the superintendents that are in place now and they have all pledged their support. I am looking forward to going in the various communities and meeting the parents, clergy and the students," said Cole.
She also said she plans to relocate.
"I am definitely going to relocate because I would not be able to do my job effectively if I did not. I cannot find out the needs of the students and parents if I do not resided in the area," she continued.
Her first official day has not yet been determined.
The hiring of new superintendents for North and West Bolivar Consolidated School Districts is a result of the Mississippi Legislature's decision to reduce the number of school districts in Bolivar County.
The legislature mandated that the five county districts be condensed to two.
The North Bolivar Consolidated School District will encompass North Bolivar and Mound Bayou Districts and the West Bolivar Consolidated School District will include West Bolivar School District, Shaw School District and Benoit School Districts.
Administrative consolidation is to take place during the 2014 school year.
Bolivar County is the only county in the state that has six school districts.
The Cleveland School District will not be affected.