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Despite Board's Decision, Principal Could Retain Post


ARDMORE, OK -- Despite a major showing of support for Ardmore High School principal Kim Holland the board of education voted last night not to rescind his resignation.     

But that doesn't mean his tenure as principal of the school is definitely over. Holland has not ruled out the possibility that he might apply for the job again.

Like many of his supporters after the outcome of Tuesday night's school board meeting, principal Kim Holland was not happy with the result.

"It disappoints me," said Holland.    

Holland says he originally tendered his resignation to superintendent Sonny Bates back in November after a series of disagreements over philosophy with a high-ranking district administrator.

"I explained to him some of the things I thought were preventing us from moving forward as a school," said Holland. "I felt at that point there was some agreement on his part."

"We did discuss some things, three months later we had not reached a resolve," said Bates.     

The superintendent accepted Holland's resignation in March.     

Later that month, Holland wrote a letter to the board asking to withdraw his resignation.     

Last night, board members voted unanimously not to the rescind the resignation, citing board policy.

"You can't waive it, the action would actually change it," said Bates. "Which would make the board seem arbitrary and capricious."

According to board policy, resignation letters can not be revoked.

The superintendent says if Holland is to remain at his post, he will have to go through the hiring process.

"As I stated last night, the process is to re-apply, go back through the process and be recommended if you're the best candidate," said Bates.

Holland says it's a big decision and he plans to put a lot of thought into it.

"We're going to look at things and so forth and so on," said Holland. "I can't tell you that I'm leaning strongly one way or the other at this point. I want to do what's best for the kids at Ardmore City Schools."

Holland's resignation will be effective on June 30.

An attorney close to the group supporting Holland says the principal will make a decision in the next couple of days.