By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal
When Dr. William (Bill) Wade rejoined the Louisville Municipal School District four years ago, he thought it would be a possibility that he would end his career in public education in the same district it began in.
“I can not think of a better place to end my career as a public educator,” said Dr. Wade. “I set a goal when I came here to fulfill 4 years and see how things were going.”
He added, “I did not take the decision lightly.”
Wade noted that after talking with his family, his pastor and examining the retirement system that it would be best to retire as a public educator.
Wade, who has spent 37 years as an educator, started his career in the Louisville Municipal School District. He worked as a teacher for 9 years in the district before traveling the state and country working at different levels of the educational system.
“I have to thank Jerry Webb and J.T. Smith (Superintendent in 1972) for getting my career started,” said Wade.
With a bit of fate, Wade received the offer as the District Superintendent and will have spent 4 years in the district with his June retirement.
“I also thank the school board that hired me as superintendent,” said Dr. Wade.
Wade highlighted that it has been a busy four years and was proud of the accomplishments that have developed under his administration and he hopes will continue to grow.
He explained the district has partnered with Mississippi State in several areas to help develop the district teachers and future teachers as well as the students in the district. He noted that the district aligned with East Central Community College to offer dual enrollment classes which allows students to complete high school and college class work in the district. The dual enrollment also goes well with the Advance Placement Classes offered to every high school student in the district, according to Dr. Wade.
Wade added he was also very proud of the pre-K classes that have been instituted in the district and the potential for student improvement from those classes in the future.
“These will benefit the children of district,” said Dr. Wade.
Dr. Wade noted that he has enjoyed all his 37 years as an educator.
“Best part is having a direct impact on the lives of young people,” said Dr. Wade. “One of the most rewarding experiences since I have been back is my former students I taught in the 70’s coming to see me and thanking me for what I had done for them.”
Of course, all the jobs came with challenges and being superintendent has its own challenges.
“Hardest part has been taking the hard stands and knowing you will be attacked from all angles even when it is what is best for the children,” said Dr. Wade.
Wade outlined that while he led the district that it is the teachers, parents, community and all those in the district that the children are depending on for a good education.
“I want to thank all the teachers for the outstanding job they do even with all the obstacles they have to face,” said Dr. Wade.
He added that the children’s education begins before the school day and does not end at the school doors.
“It takes everyone in the community to educate a child,” said Dr. Wade. “The schools and community have got to work together.”
He added, “It is impossible to achieve the results we want without the support of the community and parents.”
While Wade is looking to his future, he is also looking to the district’s future.
“I wish the district the very best,” said Wade. “I am confident the board will find a very qualified individual.”
Dr. Wade explained that the superintendent in the future along with the board will have to make some very hard decisions.
“I hope the board will be willing to make the tough decisions that have to be made in the district to meet all the needs of the children in the district regardless of which school zone they are in,” said Dr. Wade.
He added, “The superintendent has to have the stamina to stand for he/ she believes is in the best interest of the children. Even when this stance goes against many in the community.”
Dr. Wade added that while he knew this was the direction (retirement) he was being led and he was looking forward to the challenges ahead.
“I will probably go back to the private sector but have not decide,’ said Wade. “I really want time to spend with my children and grandkids,’ said Wade.