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McIntosh County School board chair breaks silence


The chairman of the McIntosh County School Board is finally breaking her silence after the board refused to suspend three administrators, including the superintendent, after they were charged with failing to report child abuse.

Investigators say Superintendent Tina Kirby, Assistant Superintendent Larry Day and McIntosh County Academy Principal Terrance Haywood knew about allegations involving high school teacher Lori Quigley, who is accused of having sex with several students, but did nothing about it.

School board chair Bonnie Caldwell said it's been difficult since the administrators were allowed to keep their jobs in April.

Caldwell brought a motion to suspend all three administrators, not because she believed they were guilty or innocent, but for the protection of all the school employees.

Caldwell said she was shocked the rest of the board members allowed the motion to die on the floor twice. She said she felt all three administrators needed to be suspended while the investigation was on-going because it was a conflict of interest.

Since then, one of the board members resigned and Dr. Russell Kent was appointed by the board in a workshop session last week to fill that opening.

Caldwell said in a phone interview on Friday that she was the only one who didn't vote for him. She said will all that has happened, obviously her beliefs are not in line with the others on the board.

"I don't have an understanding of what the board's view was of making their decision, but I'm not judging what their decision was," Caldwell said.

She said the county definitely has a difficult road ahead, especially since the investigations are on-going. Kirby and Haywood will make their first court appearance in the next couple of weeks.

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