A day after they were arrested, the McIntosh County School Board has voted to keep the superintendent, assistant superintendent of the county's schools, as well as McIntosh County Academy's principal.
School Superintendent Tina Kirby, Assistant Superintendent Larry Day and McIntosh Academy Principal Terrance Haywood all have been charged with failure to report child abuse.
Haywood additionally is accused of making false statements to state officials. Kirby is charged with obstruction of law enforcement.
The allegations come after 41-year-old Lori Quigley, a math teacher at McIntosh Academy, was accused of having sex with two students older than 16, twice on school grounds and once in a Waffle House parking lot.
Board member Dwight Jordan said he doesn't want to make any moves until investigations and court proceedings are wrapped up.
Jordan said the superintendent, assistant superintendent and principal are doing a good job and tell parents, "to look at the track record of those administrators, and they are some of the top administrators."
"Our district is performing. Our graduation rate is approximately 83 percent."
Test scores are good as well, Jordan said, and the school system is in solid fiscal shape.
"At the end of the day, I feel like they are effective administrators," he said.
That thinking doesn't fly with Sandy McDonald, a retired Department of Family and Children Services worker and McIntosh County alum.
"There is a good ole' boy system, and they've stuck together," McDonald said. "And it's just blowing my mind, completely blowing my mind."
Only one board member wanted to suspend the administrators. The motion died for lack of a second.
McDonald said she's disappointed with board members "who cannot see the immorality that they have let go on."
But Jordan defended the administrators.
"Those people have done their job and they've done it effectively, efficiently. We've performed well as a district, and at the end of the day, that's all that matters."
Jordan said it would be premature to suspend or dismiss the administrators now.
"What allegations were made, keep in mind the police department, the investigative teams, will come to their conclusion and make their decision, and then we'll go from there."
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