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Adrian School Board fires superintendent for obeying state’s mask mandate

Kevin Purnell gives an emotional farewell to the Adrian community after the Adrian School Board fired him after meeting in executive, or closed, session for about 30 minutes on Monday, Aug. 30. (AUSTIN JOHNSON/The Enterprise)

UPDATE: This story was updated to include additional details and photos from the meeting. The update includes comments from the state's top education official.

ADRIAN – Kevin Purnell was fired Monday as superintendent of the Adrian School District just one week after students returned to school.

The Adrian School Board, convening in a special meeting, voted 4-1 to terminate Purnell Monday night after meeting in executive, or closed door, session for less than half an hour to consider the matter.

The board provided no public explanation . . .