Jack Linton, Assistant Superintendent
Jack Linton was named Assistant Superintendent of the Petal School District in July 2007 after serving as Petal High School principal for ten years. Since moving to the central office, he has led the development of the school district’s first Dropout Prevention and Recovery Plan, organized the district wide Administrators’ Academy which provides professional development for district level and school level administrators, organized a Curriculum Advisory Board comprised of administrators, teachers, and counselors, and led the development of professional development promoting Lesson Study as a district wide initiative for improvement of instructional practices in the classroom. During his ten year tenure as high school principal, he led such initiatives and innovations as the development of the 6 x 2 class schedule, removal of all lockers, the development of the school district’s first centralized research based computer lab (1997), Freshmen Mentoring, Freshmen Challenge, required reading classes for freshmen, a school wide sustained silent reading program, revised the TST (Teacher Support Team) process to better meet the needs of high school students, and implemented Lesson Study in science, social studies, language arts, and math.
Since the inception of the state accountability system in 2001, Petal High School maintained a Level 5 rating (the highest state rating), and in 2007 the school was named a National Blue Ribbon School. Prior to serving as high school principal, he served Petal High School as assistant principal for five years. He has been a professional educator in Mississippi and Louisiana for 32 years with sixteen of those years spent in the classroom as an English teacher, driver education instructor, physical education teacher, and social studies teacher. He also served sixteen years as a football, baseball (twice named district coach of the year), and basketball coach.
Jack Linton is a native of Lamar County, Mississippi, where he graduated from high school. He later received his B.S. degree from The University of Southern Mississippi and M.Ed. from William Carey University. He is a member of the Mississippi Association of School Administrators, Association for Supervisors and Curriculum Development, and National Association of Secondary School Principals. He and his wife, Tricia, are active members of Petal United Methodist Church, and he has been involved with the area Boy Scouts of America program as an assistant scoutmaster, scoutmaster, and troop committee member since 1992. In 2004, Linton was honored by MetLife and the State of Mississippi as the Mississippi High School Principal of the Year. He was also named Petal School District Administrator of the Year in 2001, and in 2002 received the Pine Belt Counselors’ Award for his work with freshmen transition programs. In 2005, he received the Pine Burr Scouting Award for his work with Boy Scouts in the Petal area.