Alcorn board to review hearing findings on principal

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – The Alcorn School Board will meet in executive session at 5 p.m. today at the district administrative office to discuss recommendations from a March 28 hearing convened to consider rebuttal from a fired principal.
Alcorn Central Middle School principal Dan Burcham was dismissed abruptly in February. He was reinstated pending the hearing.
Judge John Ross presided over the hearing, with testimony from 10 witnesses, and the entire session was documented by a court reporter.
Burcham was suspended and then dismissed from his position after school district officials investigated complaints made against him that have never been publicly disclosed. However, recently two teachers filed a lawsuit against Burcham and district Superintendent Gina Rogers Smith.
The suit alleges Burcham “engaged in reprehensible conduct” toward the two female teachers who filed the lawsuit – Janet Walls Holley and Stephanie Leigh Eaton – as well as other employees of the school district, naming him as a defendant.
Smith also was named as a defendant with allegations that she violated the two employees’ right to free speech by ordering them to not reveal the nature of the conduct that led to their complaint.
Ross submitted his recommendations to the board, which board members may accept or reject in favor of alternate action at today’s special meeting.

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