STEVENSON, Ala. - Today, the Jackson County Board of Education appointed two interim principals for North Jackson and Woodville high schools.
Dianne Brooks will start her job as interim principal at North Jackson High School on February 21, and her appointment is for 10 days.
At a board meeting this morning, Superintendent Kevin Dukes refused to answer questions about what has happened with Sam Houston, North Jackson's principal. Dukes would not say if or why Houston is on leave, but Houston hasn't been at the high school for the past several days. When we spoke with Houston by phone on Wednesday, he referred us to the superintendent.
As WHNT News 19 tried to talk with Dukes after today's meeting, he asked us to leave the Jackson County Board of Education building, which is public. He then called the Sheriff's Office.
Dukes later confirmed to WHNT News 19 by phone there is an internal investigation concerning Houston. He said it is a personnel matter and not criminal in nature.
He also said Houston is on "administrative leave until further notice."
Woodville High School
In a completely separate matter, the school board appointed Camille Wright Tankersley to serve as interim principal of Woodville High School. She will handle duties for 10 days.
Bruce Maples is the principal of Woodville. Mr. Maples' wife says her husband is on medical leave from a health issue that happened on January 31.