Has Halliburton's replacement already been chosen?

Jessica Fuller • Updated May 25, 2018 at 12:18 PM

In the wake of Kimber Halliburton’s announcement Wednesday that she’s resigning her position as director of Washington County Schools, the county Board of Education has scheduled a called meeting next week.

The meeting will be added to a budget workshop already planned for that night. On the agenda are items including Halliburton’s resignation and the appointment of an interim director.

But some board members say it’s no mystery who that appointment will be.

Board member Clarence Mabe wouldn’t name who he thought was on the ballot, but said he is fairly certain that the decision has already been made.

“There are rumors out there that five board members have already picked who they are going to use as interim superintendent,” he said Thursday.

Board member Mike Masters confirmed he had heard the same rumors, and said it didn’t stop there.

“Rumor has it from the same five board members that the principals and the assistant principals are already in place for next year,” he said, adding that he wasn’t sure what these board members would have to gain if these rumors were true.

“The only ones it’s hurting is the students, that’s the sad thing about it,” Masters went on. “The students are the ones that are being hurt by this divided board. I have a hard time deciding what to do or what to say. My job on this school board is to have a voice for the children and the students, that’s my No. 1 job, and it can’t be done with the (board’s division).

“(Halliburton) couldn’t do her job either because of this board being so divided.”

David Hammond said he had not had any formal discussion about any potential choices for interim director.

“Someone one from central office may be named until we can start a search,” he said.

Neither Masters nor Mabe would name the rumored choice for interim director nor the five members they referenced in their comments. Calls to board members Philip McLain and Mary Beth Dellinger had not been returned by 8 p.m. on Thursday.

The called meeting will be at 6:30 Wednesday evening.


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