Ridgeland High names interim principal
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 1:00 PM
RIDGELAND - Former Ridgeland High School Principal Lee Boozer is returning to help with administrative transition in the wake of a shakeup.
Principal Sharon Summers was relieved of her duties last week in what officials are saying is a personnel matter.
Eric Brooks has been named interim principal.
Superintendent Dr. Ronnie McGehee called the move to relieve Summers of her duties a personnel decision and said he couldn't provide further comment.
Brooks, a Ridgeland native and graduate of Tougaloo College, worked as a teacher in Jackson Public Schools while earning his master's degree in education administration at Jackson State University.
He spent the 2012-2013 scholastic year as the principal of McNeal Elementary in Canton, and has also previously served as assistant principal at Madison Middle School and Ann Smith Elementary.
"I wouldn't ask anyone to do something I wouldn't do or haven't already done," Brooks said. "Leadership is a service. If I see a paper lying on the ground, I'll reach down and pick it up. I won't just tell another student to do it. I hope they see my behavior and know that I take pride in the school and are inspired to do the same."
Brooks is the father of two and the husband of Tiffini Brooks, who serves as a social studies teacher at Jackson's Bailey Middle School.
In addition to naming Brooks as interim principal, the district announced Tuesday it was bringing back Boozer in an Administrator-on-call position.
"We're providing multiple resources there at Ridgeland High School, at least for this year" McGehee said. "Our faculty there has really embraced the effort, and they are all on-board."