Murray School Board votes to remove Supt. Eric McFee; he said he wasn't fired
The Murray County (GA) School Board voted Thursday to relieve Supt. Eric McFee of his duties. He took office in August 2016, replacing Vickie Reed, who had served in the position for ten years.
Update, May 15, 2018: A statement from Murray County Schools in-house Legal Counsel and Human Resources Director Mike Tuck: "On the evening of March 8, 2018, the District decided to terminate its relationship with Dr. McFee and he was immediately relieved of all duties. Dr. McFee, through his attorney, raised certain procedural issues as to the termination and requested a hearing. A hearing was scheduled, but prior to the hearing, in order to avoid the cost and uncertainty of any possible protracted litigation, the District agreed to settle with Dr. McFee. A Settlement Agreement is in the process of being finalized."
Update, May 14, 2018: Former Murray Co. Supt. Eric McFee tells WRCB today he wasn't fired, but declines to elaborate. School system spokesperson Mike Tuck said, "We are in the process of finalizing a settlement agreement."
Previous story from March 9, 2018:
The Murray County (GA) School Board voted Thursday to relieve Supt. Eric McFee of his duties. He took office in August 2016, replacing Vickie Reed, who had served in the position for ten years. According to Murray County's in-house legal counsel Mike Tuck, "After careful consideration, the Murray County Board of Education made the decision to relieve Dr. Eric McFee of his duties as Superintendent, effective Thursday night, March 8, 2018 and assign those duties to Steve Loughridge, the District’s Finance Director."
Dr. McFee had previously served as principal of Gilmer High School for a year and a half in Ellijay. Earlier in his career he worked for 27 years in the Lee County, FL school system.
He had been a principal, assistant principal, athletic director and teacher, specializing in physical education, Spanish and dropout prevention. He had also coached basketball and swimming.
Although Murray County School Board chair Greg Shoemaker and other school officials are declining comment, the action comes just days after an anonymous email was sent to board members and news outlets. The message alleges that McFee committed a violation of the Code of Ethics for Educators. It charges that a 2017 McFee appointee sexually harassed two subordinates, and later "negotiated a separation" from the school system. The appointee was later hired by another Georgia school system based on "false information provided to them by Dr. McFee," according to the anonymous message.