Dace to lead Sunflower schools
by Elisabetta Zengaro
Jun 29, 2014 | 2998 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Effective July 1, Dr. Debra Dace will lead Sunflower County Consolidated School District as the new superintendent.

Dace, curriculum and testing coordinator with the Tunica County School District, was appointed by the Board of Trustees of Sunflower County Consolidated School District to serve as the first superintendent of the newly consolidated district.

Sunflower County Consolidated School District consists of the former Drew, Indianola and Sunflower County Districts.

“It’s exciting to come back and give to the community that gave to me and to work with the former students who are now my parents,” said Dace.

Dace’s passion for education developed in high school, and she brings 22 years of experience in education to the district, as she began her career in education as a math teacher at Ruleville Central High School in 1992.

“I was fond of several of my teachers, and it was amazing to see how they worked with students,” said Dace. “I always figured I’d be a math teacher, but I eventually saw myself in more of a leadership role.”

Dace transitioned into leadership, beginning with her time spent working as a principal in Tunica and Coahoma County.

After serving as principal, Dace went on to become the curriculum and testing coordinator with the Tunica County School District, which is her current position.

As curriculum and testing coordinator, Dace said she provides teachers with instructional resources and support to ensure that all students learn the curriculum.

Dace, who grew up outside of Greenville, said her husband also works in the Tunica County School District, and her daughter attends the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

“Growing up in the Mississippi Delta increases my desire to be successful and show others that we can have high quality education in the Mississippi Delta,” said Dace.

Dace said she hopes to provide a “listening ear” to parents and stakeholders during her time as superintendent.

“I truly want to make a difference in the Sunflower County Consolidated School District,” said Dace. “It’s very important for a superintendent to understand where stakeholders are coming from. As a parent, I understand a parents’ perspective and I will make decisions based on what I would consider to be the best for my child.

“I look forward to working with school board members to devise a strategic plan for success,” said Dace.

“Dr. Dace has impressive credentials as a strong, academic and curriculum administrator and a reputation as a highly energetic and enthusiastic leader. We look forward to working with her,” said School Board President Edward Thomas.

On April 16, 2010, the Sunflower County School District, which includes Ruleville schools, was declared in a state of emergency by then Gov. Haley Barbour.

Last school year, Drew School District students were merged with students in Ruleville.

The merge was mandated by the state as Drew had been facing a multitude of problems, including poor academic performance, discipline and finances.

SB 2330 says that any Mississippi county having three school districts, all of which are under conservatorship by the Mississippi Department of Education, shall become an administrative consolidation into one countywide school district. 

The three districts in the county — Sunflower County School District, Drew School District and Indianola School — are all operating under a state-issued conservatorship.