MADISON COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Charlotte Seals recently became the first African-American to serve as Superintendent for Madison County Schools. Seals is off the ground running, continuing her work in the district to keep Madison County Schools and it’s students on top.
“I would say that I’m very humbled by this opportunity. I’m very excited,” she said.
Seals has been with the Madison County School District for over three decades.
“I don’t know that when I first started teaching that I thought one day I’d be Superintendent of Schools,” Seals admits. “But I do love our district tremendously. As you said, I’ve been here for a long time, for over 30 years.”
She has worked as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and now superintendent. She was chosen unanimously by the Madison County School Board.
“One person cannot do it all. This is a major operation here. And so I really believe in developing a team approach,” Seals said.
In the few weeks she has been on the job, she has visited campuses and plans to make stops at each school in the Madison County district.
Seals said, “When I came to the district as a teacher, I think we had around eight schools. Now we’re at twenty-three. So I’ve seen us tackle the tremendous growth in student population. I think we’ve done a fantastic job in terms of facilities and providing all the necessary resources for our students.”
Seals says she also has plans to fill 75 to 100 teacher vacancies. She says having a top school district is helpful in recruiting and retaining top educators.
“I think as leaders in the schools we really have to work hard on the type of school climate that we have. Money will go so far, that’s great, but if you don’t have the right leadership in the schools, and you don’t have the right environment, and you’re not able to motivate your teachers, you’re still going to have a teacher shortage.”
Seals says the district is also working on a shortage of bus drivers, but it has not had an impact on transporting students.