Biggersville parents, students press for coaching choice



By Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – Dozens of parents and students from Biggersville High School attended Monday’s regular Alcorn County school board meeting to press their preference for a girls basketball coach hire.

Speaking for the group, parents Scott Nash and Bob Campbell asked that boys basketball coach Cliff Little be hired for the girls coaching position as well, after the current coach submitted his resignation.

The stated preference for Little to assume the position was contrary to principal Gary Johnson’s recommendation, but the person recommended asked that his name be withdrawn from consideration, said Superintendent Gina Rogers Smith.

Although the parent and student group asked for a decision immediately, Smith and school board member Carroll Morton said they would need to carefully review state board requirements for a superintendent and school board to override the principal’s recommendation.

Newly appointed board attorney Arch Bullard also will be consulting on the proper procedures the board must follow in this instance, and another regular board meeting has been set for 5 p.m. June 30.

Smith, who has spent most of her educational career at Biggersville, said she had met with the student athletes on Friday and Monday, and assured concerned individuals that she would only take actions that were in the best interest of the school and the students.

Little has served as boys basketball coach at Biggersville for three seasons and led the team to the 2013 class 1A state championship.

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