A Holmes County School will start the new year with a new principal.
Zeb Brown is no longer the principal of Bethlehem School in Bonifay. The School Board voted Tuesday night to remove him from the school and transfer him to a position at district headquarters in Chipley.
When Newschannel 7 asked Superintendent Eddie Dixon why Brown was transferred, he released the following statement:
"The decision to transfer Mr. Zeb Brown from Bethlehem School to the district office was done as part of the districts continuing strategic effort to ensure an efficient and effective school system.
The move of Mr. Brown to the district is a lateral move and should not be misconstrued as anything other than a decision based on what is best for the school district.
I firmly believe this move will serve to further streamline district administration, with a singular goal of ensuring the best possible learning environment for all students."
The timing of the move is suspicious, middle of the school year and one day before the end of the fall semester. But Dixon says people should not read anything into it.
"Every decision made regarding placement or realignment of school district personnel, regardless of when that change occurs, is driven by our districts strategic plan with the end goal of continually increasing the effectiveness of our school system," Dixon said. "Sometimes in order to do this, personnel changes need to be made during the school year."
Dixon said an interim administrator will be selected to replace Brown over the Christmas Holidays until a permanent replacement can be found.
Students return for the spring semester on January 3.