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Councill Middle School scrambles to hire new principal

Published 7:00pm Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tallapoosa County Schools are currently scrambling to fill the top post at Councill Middle School.

Superintendent Joe Windle confirmed the contract for Melanie McKinney was not renewed. McKinney served as principal of CMS for two years.

“The principal’s job (for CMS) has been posted and has to remain posted for 14 days,” Windle said.

Windle said he would not comment on why McKinney’s contract was not renewed, as he said it was the board’s policy to not discuss personnel matters.

Dadeville Police Chief David Barbour said that the department had taken a report involving the school, but he deferred comments to the lead investigator on the case, Assistant Chief Chris Martin.

“It was a situation involving a incident between students,” Martin said. “The matter is still under investigation.”

Windle added that a little more than a month remains until school resumes, which he said increases the urgency to get the position filled.

“Our posting for the job ends July 9, and hopefully we can start interviewing candidates on July 10,” Windle said. “This is a critical position. We need to get a principal over there.”

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