Following his new board's example, Jim LeBrun is not wasting any time. In a called meeting Monday evening, the McDuffie County Board of Education named Mr. LeBrun as the new superintendent of McDuffie County Schools. Tuesday morning, Mr. LeBrun and his family came from their home in Jones County to Thomson to look for a place to live.
Mr. LeBrun said he will begin work today (Thursday).
"We have a lot of things to get rolling for the new school year," he said. "We are looking for a place to live, and I do plan on being here for work Thursday and be at the called meeting Friday morning. I'll take the weekend to regroup a little bit and then go wide open next week."
Upon accepting former Superintendent Mark Petersen's retirement, the school board members immediately sought the help of the Georgia School Boards Association to conduct a search for a new superintendent. After many hours of interviews, board members narrowed the 31 applicants down to two finalists - Mr. LeBrun and McDuffie Assistant Superintendent Jim Franklin, which they named in a called meeting on Father's Day.
Mr. LeBrun was most recently the Superintendent of Schools in Jones County, where he served four years. He has been in education for 23 years, as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and superintendent.
At Monday's called meeting, the board went into executive session to discuss personnel for approximately an hour. When the meeting resumed, the board first took a public vote on the two candidates, with Greg Derry, Dexter Lovins, Bob Smith and Rick McCorkle voting for Mr. LeBrun. Ella Mae Samuels and Dorothy Hart voted for Dr. Franklin. Chairwoman Georgia Hobbs chose not to vote.
Based on the primary vote, Vice-Chairman McCorkle called for a motion to name Mr. LeBrun the superintendent. The motion was made by Mr. Smith and seconded by Mr. Lovins. It passed unanimously.
"My wife, Cheryl, and I are ecstatic about joining the McDuffie County School System and the McDuffie County family," Mr. LeBrun said. "I can say it's really great to be a Bulldog."
The LeBrun's have six children - four in college, and two will be students in the McDuffie County School System next year. Mrs. LeBrun also is a veteran educator, and will be looking for a job as they move to McDuffie County.