Decatur school board members did not expect Dr. Brigman's resignation

Board meeting and work session schedule for Tuesday

DECATUR, Ala. - Questions remain after the abrupt resignation of Decatur City Schools' superintendent, Dr. Dan Brigman.

Brigman stepped down Saturday.

Some parents say they were just starting to see improvements within the district.

The search for a new superintendent is on.

Tuesday, school board members will meet to start their search for an interim superintendent.

That is where board president, Karen Duke, says the team's focus is now.

The board is also asking for patience from parents, students and staff.

"We were not expecting it, no, " said School Board VP, Donnie Lane. 

Lane says while they did not expect Brigman to step down, it will "not" create difficulties.

"Our central office staff our administrators are very experienced so they'll carry on the day-to-day operations like normal, " said Lane. 

What will prove challenging is the quick turnaround.

There are just about nine weeks left in the school year and Lane says most contract dates start around June 30th.

"We will hire a superintendent that will have a 10 month to 1 year contract that we'll use until we find, complete our search and find out permanent candidate, " said Lane.

"They need to redo the contract and tell them, you've gotta give us so many months before you can resign and just strengthen the terms and conditions of the contracts, " said Heather Peden, a DCS Parent. 

From Lane's understanding there were no time restrictions for a resignation in Brigman's contract.

"Our kids were doing great, our grades were picking up, our dropout rates were lowering, so I mean he was doing great for the school so why all of sudden did he quit, " said Peden.

Decatur City Schools has called a board meeting for Tuesday, March 21 at 4p.m.

A work session is scheduled to follow.

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