From Staff Reports
The Perry County School Board is hosting a special public meeting next Thursday to introduce interested local residents to the two finalists under consideration to serve as the county school district’s Supt. of Education.
School board members have been reviewing potential candidates to replace current Supt. of Education Scott Dearman, who is retiring at the end of this school year. After the first round of interviews, the board has narrowed the field down to Lance D. Bolen and Titus M. Hines and hopes to make a decision on Dearman’s replacement soon to help ensure a smooth transition.
Lance D. Bolen is the current principal at Stone County Middle School. Bolen holds an AAA Educator’s license with 22 years of experience in education and 16 years of experience in administration. He received his Associate of Arts from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College before pursuing a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi. Bolen also earned a Master of Arts at Argosy University of Sarasota as well as his Education Specialist degree. He has also completed additional studies for a Doctorate in Education.
Bolen has served as a high school principal, assistant principal, director of transportation and has been a teacher and coach. He has also run his own bookkeeping and tax service business. Bolen has received several awards throughout his years in education and participates in many community services.
Titus M. Hines is the current Superintendent of Education in Lawrence County. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Delta State University as well as a Master of Education and an Education Specialist degree from Mississippi College. Hines received his Doctorate in Education from William Carey University. He has served as a school district site coordinator, principal and assistant principal and a teacher and teacher’s assistant. Before his career in education, Hines was a Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy.
Hines has reached many achievements in his years, including raising school grade level ratings and increasing graduation rates. He has served on the Board of Trustees at Copiah-Lincoln Community College and is a current member of the State Beta Council. Hines has received many awards throughout his career, and he gives his time volunteering for community services.
The meeting is set for Thursday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Perry Central High School Cafeteria. The public is encouraged to attend. Each candidate will answer questions from a moderator. Citizens can submit questions to the moderator for consideration. The meeting will be timed, and the forum will conclude at 7 p.m.