Among a sea of Trojans, Stallions, Hornets and Eagles, new Millington Municipal School Superintendent Dr. David Roper was officially welcomed to Flag City.
Roper and his wife were the guest of honor last Thursday night in the Millington Central High School Cafeteria treated to a special reception. After four days on the job, Roper took a moment to meet and greet hundreds of parents and students from MCHS, Millington Middle School, E.A. Harrold Elementary and Millington Elementary.
“This was a great turnout,” Millington School Board Chairman Greg Ritter said. “We knew that we would have a lot of people here with having a program. But the support is overwhelming. We’re very excited. We knew Millington was capable of this. It salitfies a lot of what we already knew about our community.”
The community reception was hosted and supported by E.A. Harrold Student Government and PTA, MCHS Art Classes, Food and Nutrition Class, Football Booster Club, Literary Journal Class, PTSA, ROTC and Student Government, Millington Elementary PTA, and Millington Middle Cooking club and PTA. Assisting the four Millington schools in the efforts to welcome Roper were Applebee’s, Fro Yo & Jo Premium Frozen Yogurt, Insouth Bank, Living Waters Bookstore, Millington Cleaners, Patriot Bank, T Nail Salon and The Millington Star.
Roper was greeted by all four principals Mark Neal (MCHS), Amie Marsh (MMS), Amanda Compton (E.A. Harrold) and Stephanie Beach (MES). And their students used vocal skills to display to Roper some of their talents.
After choir selections and speeches were done, many parents introduced themselves to the new superintendent.
“I think (Dr. Roper) saw that even though there are a lot of questions out there and people are concerned, that they do have faith,” Ritter said. “Everybody is going to work as hard as they can to get it right for our students here in Millington. I think he said it very approiately. ‘If we keep our focus on students, everything kind of melts away.’”
Millington Mayor Terry Jones presented Roper with a gift on behalf of the city during the ceremony. Then Ritter introduced Roper. When he took the microphone, Roper reminded the packed cafeteria about the city working together to make Millington Schools the best. He concluded his address with saying the students are the top priority.
“The way I read it, what we’re supposed to do as a School Board is identify the best candidate,” Ritter concluded. “We hired him and we give him the support he needs to build the school system. We have to partner with the city. And the city understands what our needs are. Through Dr. Roper we put that plan into action. We’re excited to have him here. We should see the fruits of the past two years’ labor real soon.”