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.
[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.
[UPDATE] 2-9 2:10PM --
Dr. Jean Quigg releases a statement. The statement is attached as a PDF above.
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.