[UPDATE] Thomas County School Board Nixes Superintendent

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

2-22 10:45 PM

It was a packed house for Tuesday night's Thomas County Board of Education meeting and the issue on the mind's of most the termination of Superintendent Dr. Jean Quigg.

"It's very upsetting to most people who have children in the school system it needs to be addressed on several levels," said Thomasville Resident Randy Johnson.

In a 5-2 vote back on February 8th ,the Thomas County Board of Education voted not to extend Dr. Jean Quigg's contract past its June 30th end date, and that decision is not sitting well with many in the community.

"I question the power of the board to make decisions about education when education is Dr. Quigg's expertise," said Thomasville Resident Tommie Indence.

Two community members even approached the board, asking them to reconsider letting Dr. Quigg go; but so far, their requests have gone unanswered.

"I just hope there's no personal agenda at all ... I hope that's not the case," said Thomasville Resident Scott Barrett.

Residents said they've drafted a petition to reinstate Dr. Quigg that contains more than 900 signatures so far.

"My recourse towards ya'll is we voted you in and we can vote you out that's the only thing we can do," said Barrett.

The board did talk about the approval of an amended budget and spending eight-thousand dollars on a Superintendent search firm but the elephant in the room remained Dr. Quigg's termination.

Residents say they plan on sending the petition to the Department of Education in Atlanta. Both the board and Dr. Quigg declined to comment on the issue.

[UPDATE] 2-15 11AM

Board member Scott Morgan statement

In a 5-2 vote at a school board meeting on February 8th, the Thomas County Board of Education voted not to extend Dr. Jean Quigg’s contract past its end date of June 30, 2011.

The board has worked closely with Administration to help set direction for the school system. The board felt some additional pieces needed to be put in place to help the school system and administration function more effectively. The board and administration could not come to an agreement on how to implement these pieces. The board was in agreement on most of the pieces and we wish that the board and administration could have come to some agreement on these.

We as a board need to move forward with an eye on the future and try to do what is in the best interest of the students and the school system and sometimes that requires tough decisions. We need to look to the future and start the search process for a new superintendent for the Thomas County School System.

We plan to form a search committee that would include some administrators, teachers and some board members and begin the process of advertising the position. We have requested proposals from outside search firms to aid in the process.

As we get further into the search process, we will work to keep everyone abreast of the situation.

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[UPDATE] 2-9 9:33PM

"I'm actually shocked she's voted out I just heard about it," said Thomas County Schools Parent Janie Holton.

Thomas County Superintendent Dr. Jean Quigg is being ousted.

"I'm surprised because I haven't heard anything about it ... I haven't heard any reason why they would want to vote her out or that they were having any problems," said Thomas County Central High Parent Richard Lewis.

After four years as Superintendent for Thomas County Schools ... The board voted 5 to 2 against extending Dr. Quigg's Contract.

Her contract as superintendent ends June 30th 2011. The board voted Tuesday night, saying Thomas County Schools haven't made adequate progress in academics but Thomas County Central High School Principal said he's still wondering why this happened.

"I think, speaking for most of the staff here, we've just had a lot of questions we don't have the answers to or why this came about,"
said Principal Sharp.

Dr. Quigg released a statement saying; "There is finally some resolution for the system and my family. I will continue to give 150 percent to the children in Thomas County the rest of this year .. because the children should always be the focus. There is a purpose in everything that happens and I know that God has a plan ... Thomas County will always be in my heart. "

Dr. Quigg has more than 30 years of educational experience and board members say they will meet soon to find her replacement.

Principal Sharp said Dr. Quigg is very invested in the Thomas County School System not just as a superintendent, but as a parent.
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[UPDATE] 2-9 2:10PM --

Dr. Jean Quigg releases a statement. The statement is attached as a PDF above.

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Thomas County School Board members say Dr. Jean Quigg will not be returning as Superintendent after June 2011.

Citing a lack of academic progress in county schools, board members say they will meeting "soon" to begin the search for a new superintendent.

Quigg has served as superintendent of Thomas County schools for four years, and has worked in education for over three decades.

WCTV reached out to the superintendent's office this morning, and a staff member told us Quigg is in a faculty meeting.


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  • by TCMS Parent Location: TC on Mar 30, 2011 at 10:09 AM
    The secretary you are speaking of is Julia at TCMS, and she is wonderful!! She knows your name and knows your child. If you call ahead and ask for your child to be ready for pick up or if you need to get a message to your child, you can count on her to handle it. The others are not so reliable. I only wish she could move to the high school next year. Parents & 8th students will miss her next year! Any opening over at TCCHS?
  • by TCMS Parent on Mar 30, 2011 at 06:38 AM
    to sabrina not all secretaries at the schools are bad. TCMS has one of the best secretaries in the county. Everytime I go to pick up my child she knows who I am and my childs name. As for the other one that works in the front office she has to be a blonde. She has never called my child by the right name or given the message when I called. She also is very rude to the other one in the office. Calling her names in front of parents is very unprofessional if you want the secretaries go to then you must not have a student at TCMS.
  • by ccparent also Location: thomas on Mar 24, 2011 at 08:39 PM
    To CC parent: IF the principal came here to work for Jean Quigg and not the children then she should move on. This let's me know that her heart was not in supporting the children. As for CC it was alive and well. Bernice Mitchell did an outstanding job when she was principal.By the way this decision was made totally by Ms. Johnson. The board had nothing to do with it!
  • by CC Parent on Mar 24, 2011 at 08:15 AM
    Not only has the board made a horrible mistake with not renewing Dr. Quigg's contract, now our school system is loosing an excellent Principal at CC. She has brought that school back to life and I thank her for that. Wake up board before we see the great teachers and administrators leave our school system.
  • by TCCHS Parent on Mar 21, 2011 at 07:28 AM
    to retiredteacher, you and me both. To qualify to run for this position is less than 35 months. To qualify for the other postions on the board is less than 1 year away. Primary Elections in July 2012 and then General Elections November 2012.
  • by sabrina on Mar 18, 2011 at 03:22 AM
    A agree what about the secretaries at the county schools when are the Board Members going to do something about the ones that a just drawing a pay check in set at the front desk. They act like they aren't supposed to do anything to help parents that visit the schools. Get someone that will help. Get rid of them all.
  • by TCMS parent on Mar 17, 2011 at 08:47 AM
    I have been in that office and everytime Ms. Mobley's office looks like a party going on in there. I guess if you are one of the Principal's pets you cango to work and socialize and get by because she will let you if you are one of her favorites. Please Board Members dosomething about this HELP
  • by Circling Buzzard Location: Circling the BOE Offices. on Mar 17, 2011 at 07:03 AM
    We all see things are slowing down right now as we near Spring break and the end of the school year. We need to be thinking about who the BOE will hire to replace Linda Jean? We are Praying we can get a good manager who will begin by cutting the over $ 1.3 million payroll at the Board Offices. Take a look at the salaries at the BOE Offices alone. We all feel that some of these folks should be extremely nervous. We have to question the validity of the letter written by Mr. Squires in the Times-Enterprise this week? We all know someone very near and dear to the current superintendent has forged things before. We all know about the e-mail scandal from Hand-in-Hand. Makes you wonder doesn't it?
  • by Anonymous Location: Thomasville on Mar 15, 2011 at 09:09 PM
    To Stiring (Stirring) the Pot: Three Points: 1. Buy a dictionary. It's pretty sad to misspell griping: even sadder to botch your user name. 2. However, kudos for your selection of a very appropriate moniker. 3. Hypocrisy and hatefulness much?
  • by Stiring the Pot Location: T'ville on Mar 14, 2011 at 06:57 PM
    I think all of you need to get a life. Quit gripeing unless you can offer a reasonable solution. Lots of people go to conferences with their spouses, why waste a good hotel room? As long as they pay for their own meals and fun...who cares? Just you petty jealous people. Jealously is not pretty as we can all see in here. It is a requirement of educators to get recertified every five years, perhaps they were actually there working??? Do you know what it means to work? Or do you make a living acting childish while your hubby (or wife) does all of the work...Or maybe...you are retired or the wife (or husband) of a board member??? Could it be? If you have to say something, then say something nice. Yeah, I know...I should practice what I preach...maybe next time!
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