The head band director at Greenville High School has resigned effective Feb. 23 and is on paid leave until that time, a Greenville Independent School District spokesman said.

GISD spokesman Brad Press said GHS Band director Tony Kullmer has resigned effective Feb. 23. Until that time, he is on paid leave.

Press would not say why Kullmer resigned or whether Kullmer is under investigation.

“The district has not instigated any criminal investigation of any employee,” Press said.

However, Press said the district would “provide a standard, neutral recommendation if asked.”

In the meantime, two Greenville residents are acting as interim directors.

Retired band director Bill Goodson and retired choir director Mike Brock are sharing the responsibilities until the end of the school year.

“These two individuals of integrity are leading the band program on an interim basis while the district searches for new leadership,” Press said. “These men are well respected quality leaders. I know the superintendent and the district are appreciative of these gentlemen and their service.”

Goodson, who has lived in Greenville since 1979 and served as the school’s band director from 1979 through his retirement in 1985, said everyone has been supportive and has helped make the transition smooth.

He described the band students as the “nicest bunch of kids.”

“They’re polite and well-behaved,” he said. “They can play really, really well. I know a good band when I hear one.”

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