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Carlisle to Serve as New Human Resources Director

Wes Carlisle

May 19, 2022

PETAL, Miss. – During its meeting on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, the Petal School District Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Wes Carlisle as the district’s new director of Human Resources effective July 1, 2022. He replaces Margaret Tynes, who is retiring.

Carlisle currently serves as principal of New Hope Elementary in the Lowndes County School District in Columbus, MS, and brings over 10 years’ experience as an administrator working closely with staff and families.

“We are very excited to welcome Wes Carlisle to the Petal School District team,” said Matt Dillon, Petal School District superintendent. “Based on his skill set and leadership experience, I am confident that he will bring a new perspective to our administration that will enhance what our great team is already doing.”

Prior to his role as principal, he served as assistant principal for seven years, and four years as a physical education teacher at New Hope Elementary and head boys’ basketball coach for New Hope Middle School.

In addition, he has taught 11th grade U.S. and AP History and coached boys’ basketball and girls’ softball at Columbus High School.

Carlisle earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education/Social Sciences in 2002 and a master’s in Educational Leadership in 2011 from the Mississippi University for Women. He has also completed the requirements (ABD) for a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from Mississippi State University.

“My family and I are excited for this opportunity and look forward to immersing ourselves in the Petal community,” said Carlisle. “As director of Human Resources, I will work diligently to establish relationships with our district- and school-level leaders, classroom teachers, school/auxiliary support staff, and the local community to provide the assistance and resources needed to continue supporting the future growth of the Petal School District.”

Carlisle and his wife, Raye Ann, have two children: a daughter, Rayleigh, (10), and son J.T, (7).

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