Kemper Targeting Staff Needs

With the resignation of Kemper County High School Principal Melvin Willis last week, the Board of Education is now advertising for a replacement.

"We are going to advertise hopefully to find someone to fill in until May. We have an assistant principal out there right now and my other administrators are going to step up and help out some," said Superintendent June Wright.

The board officially accepted Willis' resignation due to personal reasons at a meeting Monday morning. Wright said she hopes to have a new principal in place by mid-February.

She also said the district has other replacement concerns. While the Kemper County School District is making strides academically with all schools now either a level three or four, there are some other concerns.

One of the recurring challenges is finding a fulltime band director. For more than a year the school has been without one. Last spring, the Board of Education voted to hire a retired band director to work the remainder of this school year. The problem is that she doesn't want to come out of retirement.

"It's people. There's nobody graduating in that area," Wright said.

Meanwhile, in hopes of keeping the public better informed about what's going on with the district, board members have approved once again having periodic special meetings in communities throughout the county.

"We believe if we keep our community informed, we'll have a better relationship, working relationship, with the community," said Abner Love, board president.

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