School board terminates contract with superintendent allegedly over COVID rules

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ADRIAN — The superintendent of a school district on the Oregon-Idaho border was dismissed last week during a special meeting to consider his contract, where more than 100 community members attended.

The reason for the dismissal was not given by the Adrian School Board or former superintendent Kevin Purnell in the open session that followed the nonpublic executive session to discuss Purnell’s contrac.

However, many community members and school employees who knew ahead of time about the situation, contacted the Argus Observer anonymously in fear of backlash from the board. They said Purnell was going to be fired because he was going to enforce Gov. Kate Brown’s mandates as they relate to COVID-19.

Following a 4-to-1 vote to dismiss him, with Eric White being the lone nay vote, Purnell spoke to the community members who attended.

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