Lee principal to retire

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Lee County School Board approved on Thursday the sudden retirement of Shannon Middle School Principal Ida Brand.
Brand, 59, was transferred to Shannon Middle on May 21 after leading Shannon Elementary for the past seven years. She has spent 27.5 years as an educator.
Her retirement is effective immediately, before she even began her tenure at the new school.
“When God takes you to a place, he lets you know it is time, and I feel like that is what he’s done for me,” Brand said. “I will always cherish the time I’ve had with the kids, the staff and the parents in the community. It has been a great 10 years.”
Lee County Superintendent Jimmy Weeks said the district does not yet have a plan for filling the newly-created vacancy at Shannon Middle. It previously tabbed Allen Stanford as Shannon Elementary’s principal.
Brand declined to answer whether her transfer prompted the decision.
“I prayed about it, and when God said it is time, you don’t ask questions,” she said. “You go to the next step.”
Brand spent 17.5 years in the Okolona School District, where she was an assistant teacher, teacher and administrative assistant. She has been in Lee County Schools for 10 years, including three years teaching reading at Shannon Middle.
“We’ll miss her,” Weeks said during the board meeting.
Brand does not know what she will do next.
“There are no plans,” she said. “I’ll take it as it comes. I’m going to the house.”
The Shannon Middle vacancy was originally created by the retirement of Keith Steele.