LONG BEACH, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi school district has found its next superintendent.

The Long Beach School District Board of Trustees voted 5-0 Monday for Dr. Talia Lock to replace outgoing Superintendent Dr. Jay Smith, who accepted the same position in the North Pike School District, The Gazebo Gazette reported.

Lock's term begins July 1.

Lock grew up in Long Beach and, in 1995, graduated from Long Beach High School where she currently serves as principal. Lock has also served as a teacher, lead teacher, and assistant principal within the school district.

Long Beach School Board President Tim Pierce said the board has been impressed by Lock since she took the helm at the high school. The board praised her leadership over the past 3 years, especially during the very difficult last eleven months, Pierce said.

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