November 15, 2017 11:03:08 AM
Assistant Superintendent Toriano Holloway has announced he is leaving Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District to accept the superintendent's job at Quitman.
Holloway, who has served SOCSD as assistant superintendent for federal programs and operations since, will begin his new role with the Quitman City School District on Jan. 1. His last day at SOCSD is Dec. 15.
Before joining SOCSD as assistant superintendent, Holloway was the principal at Harrison Central High School in the Harrison County School District, where the school was named one of America's Best High School's by U.S. News & World Report under his leadership.
He was previously a finalist for the superintendent's job in Hattiesburg. He also unsuccessfully applied last year for the SOCSD superintendent after Lewis Holloway announced his retirement.
Toriano Holloway said he is proud of what he saw SOCSD accomplish during his tenure.
"I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to offer a better educational experience for the students in the city of Starkville and Oktibbeha County," Holloway said.
As he begins his position in Quitman, Holloway said his biggest goal is to raise the district to a 'B' level school district, according to Mississippi academic accountability standards. Currently, the Quitman City School District is a 'D' district.
"By the time I leave Quitman, we will be a 'B' school district," Holloway said with confidence. "I've set some high expectations."
As Holloway leaves SOCSD, Superintendent Eddie Peasant said he is still not sure of when he will advertise the position.
"The board needs to look at the job description and decide what to do after that," Peasant said. "The position could be advertised (today), or we many decide to wait after further evaluating. Even if we advertise it, it doesn't mean we will fill it unless we have someone qualified."
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