Former Alcorn principal’s educator license revoked

Education stockBy Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Former Alcorn County principal Dan Burcham last week was stripped of his educator’s license in Mississippi.

The Mississippi Department of Education’s Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development voted unanimously to revoke Burcham’s license following a hearing Sept. 5, according to a formal commission order.

Burcham was fired as principal of Alcorn Central Middle School in March after the school board investigated complaints and had a closed hearing.

In reaching its decision, the commission’s order references “clear and convincing” evidence that Burcham:

• Used his cellphone to photograph, video and/or view female employees in an inappropriate manner in the presence of students.

• Used his cellphone to photograph, video and/or view female students in an inappropriate manner in the presence of educators.

• Harassed female employees and students, creating a negative and intimidating environment in violation of state standards.

Burcham has 10 days to file an appeal with the state Department of Education. His attorney, Bridgett McDade Clayton of Jackson, could not be reached to ask if an appeal is planned.

The commission’s decision bars Burcham from holding a license for five years. If after that time he wishes to reapply for Mississippi licensure, Burcham must provide proof to the licensing commission that he has been rehabilitated, and also that he meets standards of good character, good mental, emotional and physical health and is fit to perform the duties authorized by the license.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com