Lovett principal named National Distinguished Principal | People
CLINTON — Richard Burge, principal of Lovett Elementary School, is a National Distinguished Principal.
Burge was presented the award during a surprise presentation on Tuesday. He is the only principal in Mississippi to receive the award this year.
“Mr. Burge holds his students and teachers to a high standard of achievement, he is a strong manager and he hires only the best teachers,” Burchfield said. “What he’s doing at Lovett is a formula for success. He is a model for principals at any level.”
The National Distinguished Principal program is sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals to honor outstanding elementary and middle-level administrators. In October, Burge and National Distinguished Principals from other states will travel to the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., where they will be honored and receive plaques.
“This is the highest recognition we have in this national organization,” said Dr. Carolyn McGehee, executive director of the Mississippi Association of Elementary School Administrators. “Our review committee received a number of applications, and based on the letters of recommendation, school performance and other indicators, Mr. Burge came out on top.”
Burge has served as principal of Lovett Elementary, CPSD’s sixth-grade school, since 2006. Under his leadership, Lovett has consistently ranked High Performing under the state’s accountability model.
Prior to coming to Clinton, Burge was a school administrator at Perry Central High School in New Augusta and Madison Central High School in Madison. He began his career in education as a teacher and coach at Central Academy in Macon, Leake Academy in Madden and Hardy Middle School in Jackson.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Health from William Carey College, and a Master of Education in Supervision and Administration degree from Mississippi College.