What started as a letter from Camdenton R-III School District Superintendent Tim Hadfield in June turned into a full-scale controversy enveloping Camdenton Middle School that resulted in the resignation of a well-liked principal and a community with a lot of strong opinions. Allegations surfaced alleging Principal Sean Kirksey and other staff members mishandled annual MAP testing, prompting the board to put Kirksey on paid administrative leave. Some argued that the allegations didn't fall on Kirksey's shoulders, but at a hearing to determine Kirksey's employment status at the end of August, staff members testified that Kirksey assumed the responsibilities. A movement formed by community members to keep Kirksey as the middle school principal didn't pan out as expected when Kirksey tendered his resignation in August. All but one school board member voted to pay Kirksey for the rest of the school year.