Linda Harvey-Irvin fired as Director of GCCAA Head Start Program

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Linda Harvey-Irvin was Gulf Coast Head Start Director since 2004 and was employed by the agency since 2003.

A WLOX probe into Irvin began in early January. In that story, four months ago, Interim Director Robert Morrow confirmed that Irvin sent Gulf Coast Community Action Agency maintenance workers, in company vehicles and on company time to Columbia, Mississippi to remodel her mother's home.

Other complaints, Morrow confirmed, consisted of mistreatment of fellow workers and falsifying the number of youngsters enrolled in the Head Start program.

Back on January 28, Morrow told WLOX News that Linda Harvey-Irvin was placed on 30-day administrative leave with pay. Now Morrow says the internal investigation has been completed, and Irvin has been relieved of her duties.

He says the agency is in the process of advertising for a new Head Start Director.

Morrow also says it's imperative to correct whatever harm Irvin caused so that the Head Start workers can focus on the children.

Morrow says a management team has been developed to assist the Head Start program and that 140 additional students have been added reaching the full capacity of 1,368 students on the coast.

WLOX has also learned that a federal probe is underway.

Morrow says the Gulf Coast Community Action Agency will take as long as needed in finding the right director for the Head Start Program.

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