Current high school principal has been with school district since 2007

Following an almost two hour executive session Tuesday night, the Booneville School Board approved naming Trent Goff as the district’s next superintendent.

The board did so after suspending rules and placing an item on the executive session agenda, after which Tyson Washburn then made the motion to name Goff as the superintendent. Bobby Haynes second the motion.

Board president Janie Woolley called for a show of hands vote, rather than the customary “I” votes and all seven board members raised hands.

Goff was one of four interviewed on April 3 by a committee of six school employees and seven community members. He was one of seven called in for an interview with the board the previous week, one of eight who started the process with a telephone interview and one of the 20 applicants to replace former superintendent John Parrish.

Parrish and the school board reached a separation agreement in February and Scotty Pierce has served as interim superintendent since Parrish left the district.

Pierce has stated did not apply for the superintendent job and said during last week’s board meeting he will be returning to his current job as federal programs coordinator.

The ascension to the top post for Goff comes in his 11th year with the school. He came to the school in 2007 as a football coach. After serving three years as the head coach of the junior high he moved to the senior high staff one year and went back to the junior high for another year while simultaneously serving as an assistant principal.

In that job Goff worked at both the junior and high schools. He was promoted to high school principal when Michael Johnson left the school district midway through the 2013-2014 school year.

That job is now again open as is, apparently, the elementary school principal post.

In other personnel matters following the executive session the board approved reassigning current elementary school principal Barbette Smithson to the position of ALE Principal, a position the board had approved creation of during the regular session.