Scott Hallmark, current associate principal of West Point High School's north campus, was hired Monday evening as principal for Columbus High School where he will begin July 1.
Hallmark, who holds a masters degree in Educational Leadership from Delta State University, worked for the West Point School District for 12 years and worked as an administrator for the district seven years.
Hallmark said he is excited about the chance to work as an administrator for the Columbus School District and has received a lot of support not only from school administrators there but the Columbus community as well.
“It'll be a great challenge, and it's a great opportunity for myself and my family,” Hallmark said. “The Columbus School District has a strong history of academic excellence, and I felt like it was a good time to branch out and explore career options. This was definitely an opportunity worth pursuing.”
Hallmark said students, teachers and administrators within the West Point School District will be missed along with the city of West Point itself; a community with an “excellent school district and supportive community,” he said.
Not only will incoming superintendent of the West Point School District Burnell McDonald have to fill the vacancy left by Hallmark at the WPHS north campus, but McDonald will also have to fill other administrative positions in the district, including the position of principal for the WPHS south campus, which will be left vacant after current principal Alvin Taylor takes his seat July 1 as superintendent of the Meridian School District. McDonald will also have to find someone to take the place of Rob Smith after he leaves his post as director of the Career/Technology Center to take on the role of assistant superintendent/director of operations for the WPSD.