Thomas County's Former Superintendent Breaks Silence

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

Jean Quigg is a native of Thomas County and says she's invested more than three decades of her life working in education - four of which she served as the county's school superintendent. Now, she's being forced to pack up and ship out.

"I think a lot of people in the community have a lot of unanswered questions in regards to this circumstance," says Thomas County Central High's Band Director Michael Mayhall.

Quigg was ousted back in February 2011 when board members voted 5-2 against renewing her contract. WCTV reached out to the board's chairman, but our call was not returned. However, we were able to get our hands on an e-mail sent out from Scott Morgan to school district employees.

"We need to do everything in our power to make sure that the Thomas County System is ... the place where the best and brightest teachers want to work. We as a school system are moving in a 'new direction.'"

But the school board isn't the only one moving in a new direction.

"Right now I'm pursuing some different opportunities. I'm looking for some other superintendent opportunities that are available," says Quigg.

Quigg says she asked the board for a buyout of the remaining month of her contract which was scheduled to end June 30.

For now, the board has approved its finance director Joey Holland to fill the position temporarily - effective June 1, 2011. However, they are still looking for a permanent superintendent.

Many parents say they're still shocked about Quigg being ousted while others say they didn't feel she was a perfect fit for Thomas County's school system. Quigg's last day as superintendent was May 31.

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  • by Thomas County Resident Location: Thomasville, Georgia on Jun 2, 2011 at 08:21 AM
    To Anonymous: Why do you find it necessary to belittle a poster and condemn their life. That is a true sign that you have nothing to say, since you attack the speaker and NOT what the person is saying! I have a genuine and sincere concern for the school system and the damage that Jean Quigg has done to a system that was dynamic and successful prior to her becoming the Superintendent. She was an amazing Curriculum Director but a horrid Superintendent. She is gone for specific reasons and the BOE has taken the high road and not aired the dirty laundry of Jean Quigg. However, she continues to feign that she has no idea why her contract was not renewed and that is a perfect illustration of her character!
  • by Thomas County Parent Location: Thomasville on Jun 2, 2011 at 08:06 AM
    I feel as though Quigg and her judgement to set forth principals and other staff were great. I think all the schools have great leaders and are doing a wonderful job; there is always room for improvement anywhere. I commend the teachers because some parents are so quick to complain but aren't participating. I visit the schools often & see hands on what they have to deal with, disrepect, attitudes and etc. Thumbs up to the entire system. Be apart of the solution not the problem, volunteer at the middle school or where ever your child attends, make a difference.
  • by Holli Location: Thomasville, GA on Jun 1, 2011 at 08:50 PM
    My daughter attends Hand In Hand and Mrs. Mayhall is an amazing woman. The school is a wonderful place for children. My child really grew this year and we have never had one problem! Firing Mrs. Mayhall is the most ridiculous thing you could suggest!
  • by David Location: Tville on Jun 1, 2011 at 03:26 AM
    If I was Mayhall, I would watch what I say. One source of the problems was found to be Hand-n-hand and he is related to the principal. Yes Quigg should know why she is no longer there, but then she has never thought she did anything wrong.
  • by Thomas County Resident Location: thomasville, Ga on May 31, 2011 at 06:01 PM
    Jean Quigg knows why she her contract was NOT renewed. If the truth ever comes out about all of the issues she was involved in that are despicable, dishonest and unethical, the people of Thomas County will be shocked. Quigg actually had very little to do with the improvement made during her tenure as Superintendent. That praise for improvement should be going to the classroom teachers that did their job amid intimidation, ineffective leadership, and the deceitfulness of Jean Quigg. The Georgia Standards Board is very interested in her involvement in school board candidates she backed and actively campaigned for in her attempt to save her job. Hope that follows her to wherever she may go…beware…she is dangerous!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2011 at 01:07 PM in reply to Thomas County Resident
      give the woman a break to whoever this person is you must have a boaring life.
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        by Parent of TCMS student on Jun 1, 2011 at 06:54 PM in reply to
        She knew what ws going on at the schools but did nothing to improve the leadership of the schools. Just look at the principal at my childs school and you will know why she is no longer Superintendent. I hope the new Superintendent will clean up the schools by firing the Principals at Hand and Hand, TCCHS and especially TCMS. If whoever it is doesn't clean up the mess she had caused then all of our kids are in big trouble
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          by Thomas County Resident on Jun 2, 2011 at 08:27 AM in reply to Parent of TCMS student
          I agree about the problems at Hand-n-Hand (especially Mayhall) and TCCHS (Sharp, Harper and Choates specifically) but I have always found the administration of TCMS to be above reproach and to be cooperative and most of all, fair.
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