By Bill Short
The Millington School Board has voted to offer the city’s first school superintendent position to Dr. David Roper of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.
Board members took the action tonight during a special called meeting in the Board Chamber at City Hall.
Roper was one of three applicants among six semifinalists for the position who were invited to return this week for second interviews. The other finalists were Ronnie Mackin, former regional superintendent of the Achievement School District, and Scott Porter, superintendent of the Bluford, Ill., School System.
The initial interviews were conducted Dec. 10 and 11 in the Board Chamber.
In the decision by the school board, Roper received four votes, and Mackin got three votes.
As a master clinician in the College of Education at MTSU, Roper trains teacher candidates.
With a doctorate in education administration from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, he has eight years’ experience as a school superintendent in systems comparable in size to what Millington’s will be.
He spent 21 years in the Birmingham, Ala., School System, advancing from a school psychologist to executive assistant superintendent. He subsequently served as the school superintendent in Roanoke, Ala., and Elizabethton, Tenn.
Roper has also been the director of assessment in the Tennessee Department of Education’s Division of Special Education and executive director of the Guilford County, N.C., School System’s Office of Innovative Services.