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High School principal’s contract not renewed for next year


A tense end of Thursday’s school board meeting left high school principal Chris Williams without a contract for next year and Board member John Trammell warning the board may be going “down a slippery slope.”

Among the final items in a lengthy meeting was the board approving personnel recommendations. Unlike most board meetings, there was no executive session on the agenda for closed discussion. Thursday, Interim Superintendent Ben Arp presented a list of personnel recommendations which included all principals without reading any names or mentioning any position specifically.

When personnel came up on the agenda, Board member John Trammell first motioned that all the superintendent’s recommendations, including all principals, be approved.

Board member Dan Fincher asked for the motion to be amended to where high school Principal Chris Williams’ position be considered separately. After some discussion of procedure with the board and attorney Phil Landrum as to how amendments to motions are handled, the board voted three to two that Williams’ contract would be handled apart from all the other personnel recommendations.

The split on the board saw longer-serving Board Members John Trammell and Ervin Easterwood voting no to the separate action on Williams and the three board members elected in the most recent election, Wendy Lowe, Byron Long and Fincher, voting to move Williams’ contract to a separate item.

The board then voted to approve all other personnel recommendations with the same three-to-two bloc and then voted to not approve Williams’ contract with the same voting lines.

The only comment or discussion following this was Board member Trammell saying he had already discussed all he had to say and warning the board is “going down a slippery slope.”



+14 #11 Rob 2011-04-16 09:36
Good. Now we see how the old board appears to have been protecting this man's job all this time. I applaud the board's decision.
+14 #12 1boringoldman 2011-04-16 14:16
Democracy 1
Good Ole Boys 0
+14 #13 Rosie 2011-04-17 13:00
Why in the world was Easterwood not voted out several years ago when he referred to the students at JES as "Knuckleheads". This man should have been long gone as well as Trammell.
Concerned Parent
+16 #14 Concerned Parent 2011-04-17 15:50
I am glad to see the board listening to parents. PHS is a joke right now. I have 3 that graduated from there. I have watched the school go down. I feel our students do not get a good enough education from there. I agree [deleted] I feel all of us need to pay more attention to what goes on in the schools here.
-16 #15 Chasity 2011-04-17 16:13
I think this whole thing is very UGLY. If the shoe was on the other foot, not a single one of you would want to be in Chris Williams shoes. Whether he is in fault or not, does not give the right for everyone to speak bad about him or anyone else for that matter, and espcially not on the internet for the entire county to read. TREAT OTHERS THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED!!!!!!!
+14 #16 B-Bomb 2011-04-18 13:18
LONG TIME COMING if you ask me.. [deleted] This town is currupt always has been. I moved out of the county for the simple reason my kids will not go to Pickens Co. Schools they are a joke. People just laugh when they hear I went to PHS. Everyone knows it. Get it together people your just the laugh of the North Ga school systems right now.
OH YA and you probably see my post {deleted} as well like you see in everyone elses posts cause they dont want the truth spoken. they are not hiding anything though.
Concerned Mother
+15 #17 Concerned Mother 2011-04-18 16:10
Chasity, he has made himself look like an idiot in front of the entire county. Yes it is ugly, but he brought this on himself. He needed to set an example for our children.
PHS Student
-7 #18 PHS Student 2011-04-18 17:29
I am a student at PHS, and I am finally glad to see a change in the School Board's "good 'ol boy" network. Not to say I am glad to see Principal Williams go- I have RECENTLY come to find the man has a personality and a sense of humor- I am just glad to see that the Board is beginning to cut out the old and bring in the new. I'm just sad that I won't be able to benefit from this much, saying I am graduating in 2012.

One of the biggest qualms I have with Pickens County Schools is the blatant lack of student/parent involvement. I moved from a district where parents 'ruled' the board and controlled their every move. I have also found that when it comes to the student's concerns, they are not recognized as issues and are usually pushed to the back burner.

Principal Williams is a very 'hands-off' principal. He get's things done, but you don't always see him in the front lines. On a personal level, I like the man. On a professional level, he is respectable...
mom of 8th grader
+10 #19 mom of 8th grader 2011-04-20 16:10
My son will be going to PHS this coming year, and I'am so glad that Chris Williams will no longer be there!! [deleted] Thank You to the SMART people on the board.
pinto colvig
-2 #20 pinto colvig 2011-04-21 20:00
anyone else see it as a coincidence that the 'old guard' are the Republican, old-school conservative members of the board. And the new, productive, caring majority is well, not Democrat, but at least more classically liberal, socially and fiscally, than those they replaced? No wonder we have an iota of progress on the dais!

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