The Tullahoma City Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Director of Schools John Carver at a special called meeting Monday night.
School Board Chairman Pat Welsh announced Friday afternoon around 1 p.m. that the board was "currently in negotiation of a separation agreement with Director of Schools John Carver."
"TCS has a storied history of excellence in education. The Board will move forward in selecting an interim until the position can be filled," Welsh's statement continued. "Meanwhile, the Board remains committed to providing a quality education for the children of our community. The Board holds the administrative team, teachers, and all support staff in the highest regard toward this goal."
Carver was hired in October of 2018 to succeed longtime Superintendent Dr. Dan Lawson, who decided against having his contract renewed early last year. Lawson took a teaching at Lee University in Cleveland following his departure from Tullahoma City Schools.
Carver officially took over as the director of schools Nov. 1, 2018 and was contracted to serve until June 30, 2021 - a two-year, eight-month contract. Carver ultimately only served a little more than 10 months of his 32-month contract.
During the five-minute meeting held Monday night, Welsh deferred to School Board Attorney Clifton Miller in explaining some details of the separation.
"Last week I was contacted by the chair," Miller said, "at which time I was made aware that there were certain issues involving the director of schools, John Carver, at that time. I was asked to meet with Director Carver and I did."
Miller said he met with Carver twice - once alone and a second time with Welsh. It was at the second meeting that Carver tendered his resignation, Miller said.
"At the second meeting Carver submitted resignation and there was a severance agreement negotiated with Director Carver," he said.
Vice Chairman of the Board Kim Uselton moved to accept the resignation and approve the severance agreement. Board member Gigi Robison seconded, and the board unanimously approved.
According to Miller, Carver will receive his salary and health insurance through the end of September as well as six months' salary as part of his severance agreement.
In accepting Carver's resignation, the board also moved to name an Interim Director of Schools to serve in his place.
Scott Hargrove was tapped to fill Carver's shoes and approved unanimously.
Hargrove is currently the principal of East Lincoln Elementary School. He will begin serving as Interim Director of Schools as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, according to Welsh.
There was no word on who would be tapped to serve as principal at East Lincoln following Hargrove's move.
Welsh concluded the short meeting with a statement of encouragement to the educational community of Tullahoma.
"We have a great system, and we're going to work to get better," he said.
Welsh told The News after the meeting was over the reasoning for separating from Carver was a matter of compatibility.
"It just wasn't a good fit," Welsh said. "I'll acknowledge he made some contributions; it just wasn't a good fit."
Welsh added that he "hoped" the board would have some time at the next study session to begin setting up a new search process for a new Director of Schools. Whether or not the board would again seek the services of Wayne Qualls, the educational consultant who ultimately recommended Carver, Welsh said it would "be up to the board."
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