Alcorn Central High School Principal Brandon Quinn accepted the role of interim superintendent of the county school district on Monday.
It happened during a well-attended special called meeting of the Alcorn County Board of Education that saw members disagree on who should fill the recently vacated seat filled for the past year by Bill Brand. The board accepted Brand’s resignation Dec. 30.
The hour-long meeting quickly went into executive session after board member Mary Coleman nominated Quinn for the position. Fellow member Ann Little asked for the executive session to discuss other possible candidates. When the public meeting resumed, the board voted 3-2 to hire Quinn with Coleman, board president Judd Chapman and new board member Katriena Burgess voting in favor of the hire. Those casting no votes were Little and Daniel Cooper.
The meeting ended with no other details announced.
In a prepared statement from Chapman, he said Quinn’s first day on the job would be Tuesday and extend through June 30. A search will also immediately begin for a new superintendent, who will start on July 1.
Brand was the first hired county superintendent after a change in state law forced the once publicly-voted position to appointment only.