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Russellville Independent schools superintendent Leon Smith said Monday that Stevenson Elementary School principal Debbie Brown has turned in a letter of resignation and will not be returning to the school for the 2014-15 year.

“She said that even though she enjoyed the work and it was a challenge, she is going to be looking at other opportunities for her career,” Smith said.

This was Brown’s first year at the school. She took over for retired principal Tammy Corum, who stepped down last summer. Brown came to Russellville from Todd County, where she worked as an administrator at that district’s central office.

“Ms. Brown said that her plan is to finish this school year off strong,” Smith said.

Now Smith and the rest of the site-based decision making council will be tasked with finding another elementary school principal for the second time in as many years.

“This will be my third time of going through this process in three years, because we also had to hire a new principal at the high school,” Smith said. “For me now, it’s a pretty fluid process.”

The job has been posted and Smith said he is excited about getting lots of good applications and resumes for the position.

“Hopefully in the next two or three weeks, we will meet with our site-based council and start the process with them,” Smith said.

After reviewing the applications, Smith said he would like to conduct interviews with candidates at the beginning of April and have a new principal hired by the end of April.

“That way the new principal can have a couple of months in order to start the transition process,” Smith said.

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