Former Alcorn County Superintendent Bill Brand has been indicted by a grand jury for falsifying school attendance records.
Logan Reeves with the state auditor’s office on Thursday confirmed Brand was arrested last week. Charges include knowingly attempting to defraud the Mississippi Department of Education by reporting fictitious numbers and altering school attendance data while he was employed by the Alcorn School District. The incident happened between August and December of 2020.
Brand posted a bond of $10,000 and was released from jail the same day. His arraignment is set for Jan. 3, 2022, in Alcorn County Circuit Court, but clerk Crystal Starling said he could appear before a judge prior to that date.
A resident of Glen, Brand was the first hired Alcorn County superintendent after a change in state law forced the once publicly voted position to appointment only. He served the district for one year before resigning on Dec. 30, 2020.
Before coming to the Alcorn School District, Brand held the superintendent position in the North Tippah School District since 2017. He began his 27-year career in education as a teacher and coach at his alma mater, East Webster High School in Webster County.