“Trust ...” Brandon Quinn said, “we can’t move forward without it.”
The interim superintendent of the Alcorn School District spoke before the Board of Education for the first time earlier this week.
Quinn, the former basketball coach and six-year Alcorn Central High School principal, accepted the half-term position in late December following the resignation of one-year superintendent Bill Brand.
After less than a week on the job, Quinn said “I’m not going to pretend that I have been able to wrap my head around everything in the last four or five days.”
He has however met with superintendent office staff and – most importantly talked with school principals.
“We had some honest conversations with each other and agree that trust and a strong line of communication is a must,” he said. “The principals mostly had the same question for me – what is my role going to be? And, it’s simply going to be to serve.”
Quinn said he will serve students, staff and the community over the next six months.
“When you become a superintendent in the middle of a year, it is very hard to set a vision because that vision has already been set,” added Quinn. “We must, however, establish core values to work towards.”
Quinn wants transparency throughout the district, more collaboration among staff, and consistency and positivity in what is said about the district and each school. He’s also going to take everything personally.
“Growing up, I was always told not to take things personally, but I have yet to be able to work in education and deal with kids and not take it personally,” he said. “I just want to walk in everyday and make things better then they were the day before.”
A change is coming for the district’s public relations as well.
Quinn said plans are to start highlighting students, staff, clubs, programs and athletics once a month not only on each school’s website but also the district website.
“This will help us show everyone that we are one district with the same goals, not just several schools going in different directions,” he said.