The Alcorn School District is thinking outside the box when it comes to hiring the brightest minds of tomorrow.

Earlier this week the district hosted a virtual job fair for the first time – not for their students, but those searching for employment within the district.

“This is an opportunity for us to build a pool of applicants that we can pull from as positions become available in the district,” said Superintendent Brandon Quinn. “It is also a way for us to get Alcorn School District in front of students who have recently graduated from college and are looking for certified teaching positions.”

Quinn said the district conducted 24 total virtual interviews over two days this week.

“We were able to talk to a good batch of people – some who have just graduated from universities and some adults just looking to relocate,” he said. “It was a great experience and we are excited with the results.”

The district currently has two positions open, both at Alcorn Central High School. That school needs to fill the principal position which became vacant when Quinn took over superintendent duties in January. There is also a science teacher position available.

In other county school district news, Quinn reported a quick pace among construction crews on projects at three schools.

The physical education building at Biggersville is currently on schedule, the Kossuth High School band hall remodel has begun and the Alcorn Central softball complex is “very close to being completed.”

A new project appeared recently at Kossuth Elementary School. An emergency was declared for an awning repair and a quote was accepted for $9,000 from 3D Construction to repair the problem.

During the March school board meeting, members accepted an $809,000 project to replace fiber cabling to improve internet access at each campus.

The project is expected to receive an 80 percent match discount from the E-Rate federal funding program. If the project gets funded, the district will spend $417,000 out-of-pocket. The district is currently using 20-year-old fiber.

Recent donations given to the district include $100 from Dossett Big 4 Buick GMC Cadillac for the ACHS track team, $500 from Pepsi for Central Restaurant shopping spree for cafeteria improvements and 8,000 face masks from Kimberly Clark.

The next school board meeting is Monday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the district office on Manpower Road in Corinth.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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