John Daley interim superintendent for JDC

Published 3:50 pm Wednesday, July 2, 2014

After a lengthy process, the Jefferson Davis County School Board has appointed John Daley as the interim superintendent.

Daley was interviewed, along with Will Russell and Dr. L.C. Firle.  Dr. Firle was originally appointed to the job last Wednesday.

According to school board members, the Attorney General was informed and he advised the county the interim must reside in Jefferson Davis County.

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The school board rescinded Dr. Firle’s appointment and appointed John Daley superintendent just hours before Ike Hayne’s resignation was effective.

Daley just finished his 12th year with the Jefferson Davis County School District.

He has taught history, served as BHS head football coach for 4 years, was BHS assistant principal for two years, and BHS principal for four years.

Prior to working at BHS, he worked one year in Forest Municipal School District and one year in Pearl River County School District.

Daley resides in Bassfield and has two children, Lauryn (14) and Xavier (12).

Upon being named superintendent Daley stated, “I am honored and excited that the Jefferson Davis County Board of Education has the faith in me to lead our district forward.”

“I am extremely appreciative of this opportunity, and we will work hard as a team to help prepare our students for graduation and beyond.  I want to also thank Mr. Ike Haynes for the great job that he has done as Superintendent.  He has been an outstanding leader.”

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight—Interim Superintendent for Jefferson Davis County, John Daley.

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight—Interim Superintendent for Jefferson Davis County, John Daley.

Daley will serve in the interim capacity for six months.

Will Russell has been hired as the new principal of Bassfield High School.

In previous years Russell has been principal of Bassfield High School and actually hired Daley for his  football coaching position there.

Russell’s most recent position was principal at  Hazlehurst.

A special election will be held in November to elect a superintendent to fill Haynes’ remaining term ending in 2015.

Candidates running for county positions must have established residency in the county 30 days prior to the election qualifying deadline which is September 5.