In mid-April, reports came to light that Anson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Greg Firn could be searching for a new position in other states. Various newspapers reported that Firn was a finalist for superintendent jobs in Louisiana, Washington and Tennessee. However, when he was contacted for comment, Firn denied that he was actively seeking other employment.
“I allowed my name to go forward with something and then decided it was not something I wanted to do,” he said in an April 6 interview with The Anson Record. “This is where I live and where I work, and I’m very committed to what I’m doing here.”
The following Thursday, an article appeared on the website for Clarksville, Tenn.’s newspaper, The Leaf Chronicle, including a video of Firn’s interview for the superintendent job there. In the interview, Firn told the Clarksville school board members that he vowed to be “a truth teller.”
This comment outraged at least one Anson citizen, Chuck Little, who spoke during the public comment portion of the Anson County Board of Education meeting Monday night. Little said that he felt “compelled” to let the school board know his outrage over what he called “a cover-up.”
“If you’re covering up the seeking of a position, what else are you covering up?” he asked. “I want to know from this body what, if anything, are you going to do about it?”
None of the school board members, nor Firn, responded publicly to Little’s comments but later in the meeting, school board member Rob Rollins addressed Little and said that he didn’t want Little to think he was being ignored by the school board, but that the superintendent’s position was a personnel matter, and the board is unable to comment publicly on personnel matters.
The school systems for which Firn was a finalist ultimately selected other candidates for all three superintendent positions.