Cleburne Co. Parents Mad Over Old Leader's New Job

HEFLIN, Ala. (AP) - A number of Cleburne County parents are upset that a school superintendent they recently voted out has been rehired for a high-paying position in the central office.

The parents voiced displeasure at the Cleburne County School Board's meeting Monday. But members of the panel said they had no choice but to rehire Scott Coefield as an office administrator because state law required them to find him an equivalent position since he had tenure as a former school principal.

Coefield's new job pays $86,000 a year. Parents derided the board for posting the office job vacancy when schools were letting out for the holiday break on Dec. 19, then signing the Coefield contract 10 days later.

Coefield lost the superintendent position by more than 1,000 votes in November.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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