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School Board approves contract to hire Roper as district’s first superintendent

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By Bill ShortFlag City Logo

The Millington School Board unanimously approved a contract this week to employ Dr. David Roper of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro as the school district’s first superintendent.
Board members took the action Monday night during their regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Louise Kennon and seconded by Cody Childress.
Roper will begin his new job on Jan. 20. He will receive a $120,000 annual salary and also be paid up to $12,500 for “moving expenses.”
He was one of three finalists for the position who were invited to return on Dec. 20, 2013 for second interviews.
At a special meeting that began shortly after the conclusion of those interviews, the board voted to give Roper a “conditional” job offer that was contingent upon preparation of a contract.
During a public work session last Saturday morning at City Hall, he met with the board and its attorney Steve Shields to discuss a proposed contract.
While noting at Monday night’s meeting that the board went through the contract with a “fine-tooth comb,” Childress acknowledged that it had “a lot of things to take out and realign.”
Board Chairman Greg Ritter said a final draft of the contract prepared by Shields was “circulated” to the members earlier Monday and faxed to Roper.
“I do have word from Dr. Roper that he is pleased with the revisions that were made,” Ritter said, “and he is very excited about the contract.”
The board expects that Roper will fax a signed copy of the contract back to Shields.
“There are some plans in place to potentially host a couple of receptions for him,” Ritter said. “So, as soon as we have that information finalized, we’ll get that posted on our Facebook page and on the city’s Web site.”
Roper spent 21 years in the Birmingham, Ala., School System, advancing from a school psychologist to the superintendent’s executive assistant.
After obtaining a doctorate in education administration from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, he served a total of eight years as the superintendent in the Roanoke, Ala., and Elizabethton, Tenn., school systems.
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.
For the past three and a half years, he has been employed as a master clinician at MTSU, where he trains teacher candidates.
During his finalist interview, Roper said he would be returning to his “family roots” by coming to Millington. Because his parents were born and raised in Covington, he said he has “great memories” of this area.
“I still have extended family that lives in the area,” he noted. “There are good people here. If given the opportunity, I would be coming here to make Millington my home.”

  • Ed Raper

    People still “fax” things? If Millington is still stuck on 1990s technology, will they be providing Dr. Roper with a “beeper” too?

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