Muscle Shoals principal placed on indefinite leave

Alan Willingham was placed on leave Sunday afternoon until further notice, said Brian Lindsey, superintendent of Muscle Shoals City Schools.

Posted: Apr 16, 2019 10:30 AM
Updated: Apr 16, 2019 8:17 PM

The principal of McBride Elementary School in Muscle Shoals has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Alan Willingham was placed on leave Sunday afternoon until further notice, said Brian Lindsey, superintendent of Muscle Shoals City Schools.

Alan Willingham

“I do not comment on personnel matters,” Lindsey said.

According to the school’s website, Willingham is in his second year as the school’s principal and this is his 21st year in education.

In 2017, Willingham and the district came under scrutiny for firing McBride Elementary teacher, Blake Jarmon. Many parents felt like Jarmon was wrongfully fired, and they did not like how the school system handled the investigation.

Parents started a petition to get Jarmon his job back, but the school system never reinstated him. The school board said it fired Jarmon for improper conduct.

It's unclear if or when Willingham will be back at work. The Muscle Shoals Police Department told WAAY 31 they do not have any open or closed investigations on Willingham. 

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