Bourland hired as county supervisor

HAMILTON - Marion County High School Principal Jason Bourland has resigned from his position in Guin and has accepted a position as Supervisor for Marion County Schools.
The Marion County Board of Education accepted Bourland’s resignation at its Friday, Nov. 16, meeting.
Newly-elected District 5 board member “Coach” Don Jones, who was sworn in at the beginning of the meeting, made the motion to accept the resignation.
However, Jones said that he did so “under duress” as he was sad to see Bourland leave the position.
The Marion County Board of Education  unanimously accepted Bourland’s resignation and also unanimously voted to hire him as the county supervisor.
Bourland is filling a position left vacant by Chris Cook, who recently was hired as the Winfield Superintendent of Education.
The county school board accepted Cook’s resignation during the same meeting.
Marion County Superintendent of Education said that Marion County Schools has always had an excellent working relationship with the Winfield City School System.
She said she knows that relationship will continue with Cook filling the vacancy.
In closing, the county board agreed to post the open Marion County High School principal position.
In other business, the board:
• Accepted the resignation of Phillips lunchroom worker Rhonda Swinney, which went into effect on Nov. 27.
• Approved two leaves of absence for Phillips High School teacher David Copeland effective Monday, Dec. 3, and for Hamilton Elementary School teacher Brittney Swinney.
Copeland will be using the remainder of the year to assist in disaster relief efforts on the Gulf Coast, where several areas were devastated by Hurricane Michael in October.
West said that Copeland has a unique skill set as a tree removal expert.

Swinney will be receiving catastrophic sick leave effective Oct. 22 for approximately 16 weeks, followed by family and medical leave.
West explained that this was due to recently giving birth prematurely.

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