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April 9, 2014

Board renews Clements principal’s contract, hires McCain as Colts’ football coach

Mullins named Clements interim assistant principal



Decision reversal

After the meeting, the superintendent said he stood by his prior proposal to transfer Hairrell to assistant principal at West Limestone High School “as the right decision at the time.”

The transfer motion — prompted by questions about the second-year principal’s effectiveness — failed 4-3 during last month’s board meeting during which Sisk said the state does not permit school boards to offer one-year renewal contracts to principals.

But school officials also pointed out during the March 4 meeting that Hairrell had neither violated board policy nor broken any laws, and that a transfer could be viewed as a demotion rather than a professional development decision.

After visiting the Clements campus on March 17 and 18 to meet individually with school staff, Sisk said during Tuesday’s meeting that he now believed Hairrell could succeed at the school if provided the necessary support and resources.

Sisk said this includes mentoring from the central office, “a strong assistant principal” and the collective “buy-in and commitment” from teachers, parents and community stakeholders to improve the school’s culture.

Campus adversity

This school year, Clements has undergone a series of personnel bumps in the midst of a $5.4 million school-wide renovation project that broke ground in March.

First-year football coach Dan Beavers resigned in December, Hairrell dealt with the uncertainty surrounding his contract renewal and Sisk placed Clements assistant principal and athletic director Kevin Davis on paid administrative leave.

Davis has been on leave since Feb. 14, with Sisk declining to comment on the status of an ongoing investigation by a forensic auditor who reviewed school records.


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