Jeff Mayo will be the next superintendent of Arlington Community Schools after the school board selected him over three other candidates Thursday, April 9.

Mayo, 54, the district’s chief of staff, was chosen over three outside candidates to replace retiring Supt. Tammy Mason at the end of the current school year.

“I’m shocked, but I’m really excited,” Mayo said Thursday after his selection. “I’ve been with the district since its inception, so to get to have the chance to lead the district now is just an awesome opportunity. It’s also bittersweet because Ms. Mason is retiring, and I’m just very honored to follow her as superintendent.”

Mayo was selected over Dr. Versie Hamlett, Teresa Price and Dr. Aimee Wyatt to replace Mason after she leaves June 30 and becomes only the second superintendent of the district.

Mayo began his career in education in 1988 as a teacher at Mt. Pisgah Elementary School before transitioning to administration in 1993, working as an assistant principal at Elmore Park Middle School and principal of E.E. Jeter Elementary School. In 2000, he became Human Resources Supervisor for Shelby County Schools and then served as SCS Director of Human Resources and Human until 2013.

School board chairman Scott Benjamin is excited to see Mayo selected for the position.

“He obviously has a long history with our district, has worked extremely closely with our superintendent and already knows our district in and out – the good, the bad and the ugly, honestly,” Benjamin said.

The school board will move next to negotiating a contract with Mayo.

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