School board approves retirement for Fairhope Middle School principal after internal review

School board members approved Fairhope Middle School Principal Deadra Powe’s retirement at their regular meeting Thursday night, nine months after placing her on paid leave as officials conducted an internal review that involved Fairhope police.

According to school board records, the board paid attorneys $532 for work involving Powe, who was placed on leave June 1. At the time, Police Chief Bill Press said officers were “looking into the possibility of any criminal misdoing.” Press declined to comment on Friday.

School board approves retirement for Fairhope Middle School principal after internal review