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UPDATE Board changes decision about West AD's hiring

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By Kathryn Jacewicz, Staff writer

After not approving John Floyd as West Brunswick High School's athletic director last week, the Brunswick County Board of Education has changed its mind.

Board chairwoman Shirley Babson said a board consensus is allowing Floyd to return to work and his recommendation to hire will be approved at the board’s Aug. 26 meeting.

“The board did not know and was not informed that Mr. Floyd has been working two weeks,” Babson said. “It has caused a disruption in the school, and that’s not what we’re all about of course.”

Floyd said last week he had already signed a contract, preliminary procedural paperwork for the position, and had already assumed responsibilities at West. He was featured in a Beacon article about the position on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Floyd previously worked as the athletic director at West, but resigned several years ago. His replacement, Marcia Heady took over the position but left this summer to serve as Shallotte Middle School’s assistant principal.

Babson said when any employee returns to the school district, they are hired for an initial one-year period. She said due to personnel reasons, the board cannot comment on the initial reason for declining to hire Floyd.

“There’s some things that I can’t talk about,” she said. “We had our reasons. We still think there were some good reasons.”

Babson said employees have been allowed to work prior to the board’s approval of hire, but the board may form a policy prohibiting it.

“I think we need to change the way we’re doing things,” she said.

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