Tishomingo superintendent resigns after one year
After only one year of serving as Tishomingo's superintendent, Alica O'Donnell announced to staff members that she is resigning.
"I was really disappointed," Don Keel said.
Mayor Don Keel says he heard the news about O'Donnell stepping down from a friend.
O'Donnell wrote in an email that was sent to staff members Wednesday morning and forwarded to News 12 Thursday that she took another position closer to home and closer to family members.
Keel says students praised O'Donnell for making them feel included within the school.
" I felt like that Mrs. O'Donnell did a really really good job here," Keel said. "She came into a situation that was very difficult, I feel, because of the previous administration."
O'Donnell was brought in after the former superintendent Kevin Duncan resigned.
His announcement came right before his wife, Shelley Duncan, was due in court for allegations of having an inappropriate relationship with a then 14-year-old student.
Shelley was convicted of that crime in October and is currently serving a six-year prison sentence.
Kevin Duncan is under investigation by state agents after an independent audit showed more than $78,000 worth of purchases were made for his personal use with school money - including cell phones, tablets, pool salts and barbed wire.
"Being a female I think was very hard and under the circumstances she came in made it even more stressful," Keel said.
The most recent board agenda doesn't mention O'Donnell's resignation but it does list one other staff resignation and the hiring of 6 positions- most of which are coaching jobs.
"I hope that they can have someone who has the same integrity and responsibility that Mrs. O'Donnell has," Keel said. "I hope that they can have someone that has similar goals in mind."
We reached out to Mrs. O'Donnell and the School Board President but did not receive a call back.