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Lipsy Will Attend Leadership Academy

Assistant Superintendent Sharon Lipsy is one of the state’s top 30 educators selected to attend a leadership academy.

By David Howell


WATER VALLEY – Water Valley School District Assistant Superintendent Sharon Lipsy has been selected to participate in the Perspective Superin-tendent Leadership Academy. Lipsy is among 30 of the state’s top educators who will participate in the year-long training offered by the Mississippi School Board Association.

“This is a very competitive process,” Superinten-dent Dr. Michael McInnis said about Lipsy’s selection. “The program provides intensive and in-depth preparation for the challenging job of being a public school superintendent,” McInnis added. “This training will be an asset to our school district.” 

The group’s first monthly meeting is scheduled in September and the program is designed to prepare potential candidates for superintendent positions in public schools across the state. The participants will attend monthly training covering a variety of topics that will be essential to the role of the superintendent. The curriculum is regularly updated to reflect current research, Mississippi Law, and the superintendent’s executive and administrative responsibilities for the school district.

Lipsy has worked in the Water Valley School District for three years, starting as assistant principal at Davidson Elementary School. She was appointed as the assistant superintendent last year. 

Before she came to the Water Valley School District, she worked for the Mississippi Department of Education as a literacy coach in the Delta. She also spent five years working for the Lafayette County School District as an interventionist. And before that, she spent 15 years in the classroom as a teacher. 

McInnis said the intent of the training is to provide Lipsy the top training the state has to offer so she can bring knowledge back to the district to help build on the primary focus to improve student achievement. The training will build on Lipsy’s assets. She juggles a lot of duties as assistant superintendent, including assisting with professional development to keep school administrators up-to-speed on the latest information in the ever-changing world of education.  Her work also ranges from visiting classrooms to help teachers and fine tune curriculum to helping identify students who are struggling and provide learning tools based on individual needs.  

“I am looking to enhance my learning, how I can be of better service to this district, to the administrators, the teachers and our students,” Lipsy said about attending the leadership academy.

And with the coming school year only weeks away, Lipsy also identified challenges ahead. 

“I think our biggest challenge is working with the budget cuts… trying to make sure that we continue on the path that we are trying to improve with the limited resources that we have because of these cuts,” Lipsy added.

“It is also a challenge to keep the moral high,” McInnis added, as the demands increase and the resources dwindle.  

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