The Calhoun County Board of Education hired a new principal Thursday for White Plains Middle School — days before the scheduled start of the academic year.

Phillip Morrison

Phillip Morrison

Superintendent Donald Turner said the board elected to hire Oxford Middle School Assistant Principal Phillip Morrison. What made Morrison stand out, Turner said, was his experience.

“He brings a lot to the table,” Turner said.

According to Turner, board members chose Morrison out of about five applicants. Turner said Morrison will replace outgoing Principal Courtney Wilburn, who was hired two weeks ago as the school district’s deputy superintendent.

“He’ll step up to the occasion and do an awesome job,” Turner said.

Attempts to reach Morrison for additional comment were unsuccessful.

White Plains students, along with the rest of Calhoun County Schools, are scheduled to begin the school year Monday.

Contact Staff Writer Mia Kortright at 256-235-3563.

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