Despite some media reports to the contrary in other parts of the U.S., Anson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Greg Firn says he is staying put.
In the past week, several newspapers — in Baton Rouge, La., Spokane, Wash., and Clarksville, Tenn. — have reported that Firn is or was a finalist for superintendent in their respective school districts.
Firn denied that he is considering moving out of Anson County and accepting another superintendent job. “I allowed my name to go forward with something and then decided it was not something I wanted to do,” he said. “This is where I live and where I work, and I’m very committed to what I’m doing here.”
Firn was one of the top 15 candidates for superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, but the school board ultimately went with another candidate for the position.
The Spokesman Review of Spokane, Wash., reported April 3 that Firn had withdrawn his name from consideration for the superintendent of Spokane Public Schools, after several school board members posed questions about his past.
Before he came to Anson, Firn was bought out of his contract with a school board in Connecticut, after a controversy in which he wrote a letter of recommendation for a high school basketball coach who was investigated for an inappropriate relationship with a teenager.
On April 4, The Leaf Chronicle reported that Firn is one of five finalists for the job of superintendent of Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools in Clarksville, Tenn. The article stated that he would be interviewed this week.
When asked about this, Firn reiterated that he has no plans to leave his current position. “If I were to leave here, the only reason would be because of my family,” he said. He added that he met with the school board on Thursday and school board chairwoman Lisa Davis is “aware of all that’s going on.”
Firn added that now wouldn’t be a good time to leave, because he is proud of all that Anson County’s schools have accomplished, and, “I think we are so close to getting some great results.”
He has served as superintendent of Anson County Schools since 2007.