MS Resolution Honors HCSD Supt. Roy Gill

MS Resolution Honors HCSD Superintendent Roy Gill

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (June 21, 2021) – Harrison County School District Superintendent Roy Gill received a special honor Monday night. Mississippi Representative Jay McKnight presented a resolution to Gill, commending him for devoting over three decades of exceptional service to the families of Harrison County.

"Mr. Gill has had a phenomenal career in education and the the children of Harrison County have definitely benefited! I am proud to say Mr. Gill was my Algebra teacher when I attended Harrison Central High. On behalf of House Speaker Phillip Gunn and Rep. Richard Bennett, I would like to congratulate Mr. Gill on his retirement and thank you for his dedicated service. We wish him and his family the very best!" 

Here is a look back at Gill's incredible 35-year career in HCSD!

Roy Gill is a well-known name in education circles across the Mississippi Gulf Coast and throughout the state. Many people today still remember either being taught by Gill, coached by him, or have worked with him or for him in the largest school district in South Mississippi. After a 35-year career in the Harrison County School District, with five years as the superintendent of education, Gill announced in March that he will be retiring at the end of the 2020-21 school year.

“I have loved working in the Harrison County School District. It has been very rewarding and I will cherish every moment here,” Gill said.

Gill’s upcoming retirement was not a spur-of-the-moment decision. He had always planned to retire around the 35-year mark. That decision was made easier once Gill was able to check off all the boxes on his list of personal goals.

  • HCSD currently ranks in the top 25 school districts in Mississippi.
  • In 2018, HCSD successfully passed a $55 million bond issue to improve campus security and construct new schools that will last for the next 20 or so years.
  • In 2019, HCSD became an A-rated school district for the first time in history.
  • HCSD gained two National Blue Ribbon School Awards in 2019 & 2020.
  • In 2020, HCSD achieved the highest graduation rate in its history.

“The district has grown both in academics and population. I am pleased with where the district is and so proud of everything that we have been able to accomplish,” Gill said.

On a personal level, Gill wanted to fulfill his father’s dream. Gill’s dad, Pascal (PR) Gill, lost his bid for the office of Harrison County Superintendent of Education in 1963. Both of his parents passed away in the late 80’s. Gill knows his parents would have been very proud of his achievements.

“My dad instilled in me the importance of hard work and to always give 100-percent. That’s why you always hear me say ‘tighten up’!” Gill said.

Gill is passionate about the success of the Harrison County School District because he is a proud product of HCSD. Gill attended Saucier (Elementary), which was a grade 1-8 school at the time. He graduated from Harrison Central High in 1982 and went on to attend Perkinston Junior College and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Gill started his teaching career at Harrison Central High in 1986. He taught Algebra I and Algebra II at HCHS for eleven years. As the assistant girls basketball coach, he helped guide the Rebelettes to two straight state championship titles.

In the spring of 1998, Gill became assistant principal of Harrison Central Ninth Grade School. In the summer of ’98, he became the Assistant Principal at North Woolmarket Elementary and Middle School. He took over as principal of North Woolmarket Elementary & Middle School in 2002.  

In 2007, Gill was hired as the district’s director of accountability. Three years later, he was named principal of D’Iberville High. Gill returned to central office in 2011 as the Director of Curriculum and Accountability. In 2015, he was elected superintendent of HCSD, leading a district with 22 campuses, around 15,000 students, and over 2,000 employees.

The position came with its share of challenges. Most recently, Gill had to navigate through COVID-19 mandates and restrictions in order to safely reopen schools in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic.

“I am blessed to have a talented team that pulled together and spent endless hours getting students back in the classrooms and keeping them on track, academically and emotionally. We did what we needed to do, because we had to make sure we were taking care of the boys and girls at our schools,” said Gill.

Education is often the topic of conversation in the Gill household. Gill comes from a long line of educators. Of the eight siblings in his family, six are educators, four are married to educators, and five nieces and nephews are educators.

“I’ve been blessed by the Harrison County School District and I’m very lucky to be a part of it,” Gill said. “My entire family has devoted their life to education and HCSD has been very gracious to my family.” 

Gill’s wife, Dana, is also a former teacher. She retired from Saucier Elementary School in 2017. The Gills are ready to enjoy traveling the country.

“I hope Harrison County School District continues to progress and aim to be number one and become one of the leaders in education, not only in Mississippi, but nationally,” said Gill. “As the ranking improves, the students perform better, and that’s the ultimate goal - to be able to compete worldwide.”

Gill’s last day as HCSD superintendent is June 30, 2021. He knows it will be a bittersweet moment.

“I have spent my entire career here and I have enjoyed every second of it,” said Gill. “I am very proud of all the hard work and dedication of all the administrators, teachers, staff, and students, and I thank them for being a part of my journey. Harrison County School District will always be home.”

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Watch the WLOX story here: Roy Gill proud of the team effort in Harrison County School District (wlox.com)

Watch the WXXV story here: Harrison County School District Superintendent Roy Gill retiring (wxxv25.com)

Read The Gazebo Gazette story here: Harrison County Superintendent to Retire - The Gazebo Gazette

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