Charlotte Seals
Charlotte Seals
A teacher and administrator with three decades of experience in the Madison County schools, Charlotte Seals was appointed superintendent of education following an hour-and-a-half executive session of the trustees Monday night.

Seals had been serving as interim superintendent following the abrupt resignation of Kimber Halliburton on April 10. Halliburton, who was on the job nine months, had been serving without a Mississippi administrator license. 

The School Board has been quiet about Halliburton’s resignation, only saying that she had resigned to pursue other opportunities from where she’s come in Nashville. 

However, nine days before her resignation, Halliburton signed an amendment to her four-year contract setting a schedule for her performance evaluation.

On April 1, Halliburton agreed to be evaluated by the School Board on May 15 every year. The metrics for her evaluation are unknown, though, and requests for copies of the priorities set have been unanswered. 

This is the first year the School Board would be involved in superintendent evaluation since Halliburton was the first appointed superintendent. In 2016, the Mississippi Legislature abolished elected superintendents. 

Seals was a candidate for superintendent before Halliburton was hired for the post. Seals has been with the district for 30 years, serving as a teacher, principal and most recently as the assistant superintendent for instructional services. 

“Mrs. Seals is an outstanding educator and leader with a proven track record of moving our schools forward,” Board President Wayne Jimenez said. “The board has full confidence that under her leadership Madison County Schools will continue to be the Mark of Excellence in education for our state. We look forward to working with Mrs. Seals as she leads MCS to even greater heights.” 

Seals is a life member of the Junior Auxiliary of Madison County and a Sustaining member of the Junior League of Jackson. She is a former board chair of the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet Company and Mississippi Children’s Museum Board of Directors. She currently serves on the board for Canopy Children’s Solutions and Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi.