A quick computer search reveals that the name “John Mullins” appeared in hundreds, if not thousands of stories over the 17 years that he was superintendent of Arab City Schools.

Mullins dropped a bombshell in late July when he announced at an Arab Board of Education meeting that he was retiring (basically immediately, though technically he was on vacation for the next four weeks).

No one on the school board was expecting the retirement announcement.

The board of education immediately appointed Assistant Superintendent Stacie Pace as acting superintendent on Mullins’ recommendation. A few weeks later, after Pace applied to be the next superintendent, the board named special education coordinator Patrick Crowder as interim superintendent.

Mullins assured the board the night of his announcement that he would be available before and after his official retirement date to assist them during the transition. 

“While board members were aware that Mullins had been contemplating retirement, his request during the meeting still came as a shock and without notice,” the Tribune story said in July.

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