JANS – At its regular meeting held Thursday, June 3, the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees unanimously approved a four-year contract renewal for Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene. Under Greene’s leadership over the past three years, the District has improved its accountability rating, increased graduation rates, and launched an ambitious five-year strategic plan.
Initially, Greene was hired on a three-year contract and now has a four-year contract that begins July 1 of 2021, and ends June 30, 2025. The new contract will use the District’s 2019-2024 strategic plan as the basis for evaluating the District’s performance as well as the superintendent’s continued leadership.
“Thank you for the vote of confidence,” said Dr. Greene. “I really do appreciate your support of the work that we’ve lifted here, and I’m excited to continue the work and with this team.”
“On behalf of the Jackson Public School District Board of Trustees, I am proud to announce to the JPS community the Board’s decision to renew the employment contract of Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene,” said Letitia Johnson, Board President. “We share the confidence that Dr. Greene continues to be the right person to lead Jackson Public Schools. Dr. Greene demonstrates remarkable leadership during this time of great challenge to the district and our community. He excels at goal setting, team building, and cultivating talent, leading to numerous successes for JPS. The Board looks forward to this subsequent tenure of working with Dr. Greene to enrich the scholars and families of the Jackson Public School District.”
“I’m grateful that you want to be here for the next four years and commit to us and for the work that you have done here in the district,” said Board member Cynthia Thompson. “It takes a great leader to have a great team that follows him. I appreciate the work that you all do for our children and our city, and I believe that we’re just on a great trajectory to recruit and retain teachers and for them to be here and stay here and make our city great.”
“I’m excited about the contract because I think it’s, in the strongest way, a statement from the Board that we believe in you, we believe in your team,” said Dr. Edward Sivak, Board Vice President. “But I also want to say thank you for believing in us; thank you for believing in Jackson and our students and our community. I’m excited that we are able to offer some stability. Stability and leadership are often qualities that are credited in turnaround situations, so let’s get this work done.”
Dr. Greene joined Jackson Public Schools in 2018 after the City of Jackson and the State of Mississippi created a task force to steer the District’s improvement efforts. Having previously served as the Chief of Schools of Tulsa Public Schools in Oklahoma, Dr. Greene brought experience providing instructional leadership, family support services, and district athletics. His career started in the classroom teaching middle school and upper elementary students. Later, he became a principal, principal supervisor, chief of staff, and consultant to senior district leaders in systems across several states. Dr. Greene holds a Doctoral degree in Educational and Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, two Master’s degrees in Education – one from Trinity University and another from Howard University – and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Howard University.