By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
UPDATE: 12:05 p.m. Nathan Hall said this morning that he would be willing to give up his coaching duties in order to become an assistant principal.
TUPELO – Tupelo High School is still looking for a fifth assistant principal after a request to promote coach Nathan Hall to the post fell apart this week.
Hall had been recommended for the position, but Superintendent Randy Shaver later withdrew that recommendation during an executive session with the school board on Tuesday.
It apparently was withdrawn because of Hall’s current duties as the head boys soccer coach.
Hall also coaches cross country, and his teams have won nine state championships in five seasons, including this year’s girls state title.
Shaver said he could not comment about personnel specifically, but did say Tupelo does not allow assistant principals to serve as coaches.
Shaver said that Hall would be given “serious consideration” for future assistant principal openings after his soccer coaching duties are done.
Efforts to contact Hall for comment were unsuccessful.
Immediately after an open session of Tuesday’s school board meeting, Shaver confirmed that Hall was expected to become the school’s assistant principal and that he would have to relinquish his coaching duties.
Later, during a closed executive session to discuss personnel matters, the board questioned Shaver about Hall and his coaching duties, and during the course of that discussion, Shaver withdrew the request, board President Lee Tucker said.
Hall, a Tupelo native, has been at THS for five years. He’s taught geometry at the high school and also coached track and field for four seasons, winning a state championship with the boys team in 2006.
The prohibition on coaches serving as assistant principals is a local preference, not a state rule. The Mississippi Department of Education and the Mississippi High School Activities Association both allow assistant principals to fill both roles.
Each district does have its own discretion regarding assistant principals, MDE spokesperson Wendy Polk said.
Tupelo High School has four assistant principals – Lea Johnson, Larry Harmon, Art Dobbs and Niki Peel – and authorization for a fifth.
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