The status of two principals who started the 2021-22 academic year with the Coahoma County School District in August are in question.
Cortney Jackson has confirmed her resignation from Coahoma County Jr./Sr. High School, but where she will go next has not been determined. Latiffney Percy began the year as the Lyon Elementary School principal. While it has been confirmed Percy is not currently working at Lyon, her status as principal is a question mark.
After speculation that Jackson applied to work for the Helena-West Helena School District in Helena-West Helena, Ark., The Press Register attended a special board meeting August 30.
Personnel recommendations were made at the Helena-West Helena School Board meeting, but Jackson was not on the list.
When asked at the meeting if Jackson applied for a position in the Helena-West Helena School District, superintendent Linda English said, “It's a personnel matter and I'm unable to discuss.”
The Press Register has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Helena-West Helena School District seeking information on whether or not Jackson applied for a position with the district the next day.
English replied to the request saying the information would be available Wednesday, September 1.
The information had still not been provided by the afternoon of Friday, September 3.
The Press Register reached out to English that Friday afternoon.
English replied, “The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, guarantees any citizen(s) of Arkansas may ask to inspect or copy any public record in the district's custody or control. Please provide proof that you are a resident of Arkansas.”
The Helena World, the newspaper in Helena-West Helena, Ark., has also filed a FOI request and will provide the Press Register with the information regarding Jackson’s potential application once it is received.
On the issue of Percy’s status, Coahoma County School District superintendent Dr. Ilean Richards said she is still the Lyon Elementary School principal and on the district’s payroll, but another employee is filling in for the time being.
However, the Press Register received a copy of a letter on Lyon Elementary School stationery from Kandique Birge to parents dated August 26.
In the letter, Birge says, “I am your new Lyon Elementary principal.”
The Press Register provided Richards a copy of the letter in an email asking for clarification. Richards has not replied as of press-time.