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.