The Mount Ida School Board accepted the resignation of one of their board members and hired a new girls basketball coach at a special called meeting Tues., May 19. Jeremy McCullough announced his resignation during the meeting. He stated that he had a lot of things going on and felt it was best if he stepped down for now. He did state later that he may consider running again in the future. The board also hired Lorie McCullough as the new girls' basketball coach for the Mount Ida Lady Lions. McCullough is a 2001 graduate and a former member of the Mount Ida Lions basketball team and currently teaches English at Mount Ida. Coach Robbie Ball will continue to coach 7th grade girls' basketball and teach at the middle school. Superintendent Hal Landreth said in an interview Friday that he felt the school needed to go in a different direction with the program and felt the connection McCullough had to the school as an alumnus was the right direction. “Coach Ball is done a wonderful job with our kids, but we felt that Lorie brings a level of tradition with her that our girls need to move forward.” Landreth stated. He compared her hire with the hire of Mount Ida football coach Mike White, also a graduate of Mount Ida. He added that while in high school McCullough was a part of a very successful run of girls' basketball teams in Mount Ida. Landreth stated that he felt that her history with the program would garner instant respect with players and parents alike.