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Adrian community looks for unity as Mark Redmond named interim superintendent

Adrian High School (The Enterprise/FILE).

ADRIAN – Mark Redmond, superintendent of the Malheur Education Service District, has been named interim superintendent of the Adrian School District, which last week fired superintendent Kevin Purnell after he attempted to implement Gov. Kate Brown’s mask mandate.

The Adrian School Board made the decision Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Board Chair Eddie Kinkade sent out a note to parents and the community that was a remarkable departure from the board’s previously stated stance on masking. At the meeting, he read a slightly revised version of the statement, signed by all the board members, and it was sent to the community early Thursday morning.

Redmond has been superintendent of the service district for six years. Before that, he spent four years there as director of curriculum and instruction . . .