By Glenn Collins
Thursday, October 11, 2012 | 6:10 PM
The Haleyville Board of Education held a special meeting Thursday to appoint two interim principals: John McCullar at Haleyville Elementary School, effective October 11, and Richard "Bo" Wilcoxson at Haleyville Middle School, effective October 15.
In what Superintendent Allen Miller called “a very unique situation,” both HES Principal Susan Riggs and HMS Principal Russ O'Rear will be taking extended leaves of absence. Riggs will be out for medical reasons and O'Rear will be out for personal reasons.
Miller said, “We certainly have full faith and confidence in Mr. McCullar and Mr. Wilcoxson to step into those roles and serve as interim principals.”
Riggs has a back injury that may require surgery. Miller hopes that she will return toward the end of December.
According to Miller, O'Rear is going to China for “the final stages of adopting some children from China.” Miller said, “O'Rear may be gone quite a few months.”
Both Riggs and O'Rear will use accumulated leave during their absences, Miller added.