Mann Resigning as PES Principal

Thursday, March 10, 2016

A longtime local educator has announced she is resigning her position with the Piggott School District at the conclusion of the current school year. Piggott Elementary School principal Leann Mann informed staff members, and the media, of the decision in an email last week. She noted she has tendered her resignation effective at the end of the current year, as she has agreed to accept a similar position within the Twin Rivers School District.

"I know most of you know by now that I am retiring in Arkansas at the end of this school year," Mann noted. "I had planned to just retire and spend more time with my kids, and grandkids, but another great opportunity came up that was too good to pass up."

Mann indicated she has accepted a job as one of the K-8 principals in the Twin Rivers District, which has campuses in Qulin, Broseley and Fisk. She indicated she would be serving as principal at Fisk.

"I am really excited to be working there. I know it is a great district and I have met with their superintendent several times and the school board," she explained. "This is a great opportunity for me both financially and personally."

Mann indicated the change would allow her to take-off the months of June and July, allowing her the time to spend with her grandchildren and son, Peyton.

She noted her resignation has already been submitted, and should be considered at the upcoming March school board meeting. "But, I will be finishing out this school year and fulfilling my contract," she added.

A local native and graduate of PHS, Mann has been a part of the local school district the majority of her life. Following college she returned to the district as a teacher, before being promoted to principal nine years ago. She also served as interim superintendent prior to the hiring of Charlie Powell to that position.

"Anyway, I have enjoyed my 29 years here at PES and it will be so weird to not be here," she added. "I was interviewed by the Poplar Bluff newspaper about taking the job and it was pointed out to me that I had spent over 40 years here as a student, teacher and principal."

In looking ahead to the future she notes she does have mixed emotions.

"I am super excited about this new opportunity and having my summers off, but I will miss my students so much and all of the great PES faculty members," she added. "Thank you for being so wonderful to work with all these years."

When contacted for comments on the resignation, Piggott School Board President Jeff Benbrook noted it would be inappropriate until the matter was considered by the full board at their upcoming March meeting.

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