NESHOBA COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - Union Public Schools' Superintendent of Education, Dr. Lundy Brantley is getting ready to make the transition to Neshoba Central School District.
He's trading out black and yellow for blue and red.
"The opportunity to come back to your Alma mater and to have the chance to lead that district is awfully enticing to me," says Dr. Brantley
Brantley is a former Rocket returning home. He will be taking over as superintendent of education at Neshoba Central.
"I basically will analyze everything through the whole district and just see where we can improve, which is everywhere," says Brantley. "You can always improve everywhere."
Brantley is stepping in after the unexpected resignation of newly elected superintendent Joe Killens, who is retiring.
"I didn't see this opportunity coming this quickly," says Brantley. "I knew the appointed superintendent law wouldn't take effect until 2019 so it was kind of a shock."
Union School District, where Brantley is leaving, is a top district in Mississippi and he believes Neshoba Central could rise to the top after some big changes that cater to his education philosophy.
"Be able to provide as many opportunities for kids through internships, through dual credit, act prep, through career counseling, interventions," says Brantley.
Dr. Brantley says it's hard leaving Union Public Schools, but he is excited to take on the challenge of a new district.
"My job is to provide a world class, first class education no matter where I am and I want that for our whole state."
Dr. Lundy Brantley will officially assume the job on July 1 and the keys to Neshoba Central's new high school will be handed to him.