Vote For A Man Of Good Judgment For District 1 City Council - And Response

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tom McCullough is the ex-principal of Signal Mountain High School.  Mr. McCullough was suspended from his job on May 18, 2012 by the Hamilton County Superintendent of Schools after failing to accurately report chaperons drinking on a school trip and slow discipline of the school employees he was hired to supervise.   He informed the superintendent that drinking alcohol by school employees and chaperons supervising the trip was “not a biggie.”  

In addition to that, according to the superintendent’s letter to Principal McCullough, submission of overtime charges for a school trip by an employee under his supervision was a violation of a management directive and poor judgment.  The superintendent of Hamilton County Schools apparently had trust issues with Principal McCullough and good reason to suspend him.  This is not the first, but the second school trip fiasco for the ex-principal.  Why was a trip to the Bahamas a school trip?

School administrators, authority figures, should come preloaded with good judgment.  He may be a doctor of education and Jack Benson’s protégé, but I am not ready to elect this person to be my City Council representative.

Vote for a man you can trust, Chip Henderson, District 1 City Council. 

Jenny Miller
Chattanooga 

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I want to respond asap to the attack on Tom by Jenny Miller. I cannot speak to the details of the matter she discusses at Signal Mountain High, but will await a rebuttal from those who are familiar with the specifics. I do know that Tom has many friends and much support within that community. 

What I can speak to is Tom's good judgement and trustworthiness, his concern for others and his basic character and decency. I worked for Tom for several years at David Brainerd Christian School, and I judge him to be the best school head I have taught under in 38 years in Chattanooga. He is an excellent administrator, equally adept at inspiring and guiding his faculty and his students. I saw numerous instances of his thoughtfulness, consideration, and kindness, often in disciplinary situations when emotions ran high.  

School heads have to balance the different and sometimes competing and even inconsistent wants and needs of parents, students, teachers, and the school board; Tom is as good at that as anyone I have worked for. 

I hope we can get some balanced views of all our candidates and not just one view from one direction. 

John McBride
Hixson


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