Kimber Halliburton, Madison County’s superintendent of education who resigned abruptly on Wednesday after less than a year on the job, was not licensed or certified in Mississippi, according to state records.

Halliburton and her husband had just bought a house in Madison’s Hartford neighborhood last month and graduation is only a month away.

Contacted by the Journal on Wednesday morning, Halliburton said she was “stepping into the bank” with her husband and would call back shortly, but as of press time had not. Subsequent attempts to reach her were unsuccessful. 

Next month she would have facilitated four graduation ceremonies and would have been working on the 2020 budget. 

Now, according to a short press release issued by the Madison County School District, she plans to return to Nashville to pursue other opportunities and work on family issues. 

MCSD Board President Philip Huskey said he could not make any further comment regarding the sudden resignation.

“I just cannot comment on personnel matters,” he said. 

Other School Board members would not comment either.

Huskey did say there were “tons of rumors” out there regarding her departure, “none of which are true.”

On Tuesday, Halliburton spoke at a celebration at Madison Central High School honoring 154 students for scoring over 30 on the ACT. 

The day before, the School Board held a special called session to appoint Charlotte Seals as interim superintendent. 

Halliburton was hired by the School Board in July 2018 following the resignation of longtime educator Dr. Ronnie McGehee. 

Halliburton was identified as one of 11 finalists by a national search firm, McPherson and Jacobson of Nebraska. The school board paid $18,000 to conduct the search. 

Halliburton came to Madison County after a sudden resignation as director and superintendent of schools in Washington County, Tenn.

News reports from area media outlets revealed Halliburton had a volatile relationship with board members in Tennessee, with one saying Halliburton had “lost the trust and credibility of the people in Washington County.”

An online records search on the Mississippi Department of Education’s website reveals no current state license or certification for Halliburton. 

She still has an active license in the state of Tennessee, according to Tennessee state records. 

During Halliburton’s term as director in Tennessee, Washington County Schools received exemplary status from the Tennessee Department of Education, graduation rates increased by more than three percent and ACT scores rose at both county high schools.