A Bluffton middle school principal who has been on paid leave for more than two months has been reassigned, district officials said Monday.
Phillip Shaw, the principal at H.E. McCracken Middle School, now leads the district's "Right Choices" program, an alternative school program located at the Beaufort County School District offices.
Shaw was reassigned to the position on Jan. 2, but interim superintendent Jackie Rosswurm said Monday that he has not been at work.
As he has since his leave began Nov. 8, Shaw continues to earn his $93,774 annual salary. School district spokesman Jim Foster said Shaw is under contract at that salary.
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Rosswurm said Monday that the district has been "in communication" with Shaw about his failure to show up to work.
"We do expect him to come to work, and certainly there could be further action that would be taken if in fact he does not come to work," she said. She did not give a timeline for any such action.
Assistant principal Joe Warfield will continue to lead McCracken Middle, Rosswurm said. The principal position will be advertised.
Rosswurm, along with Alice Walton of the human resources department, met with McCracken staff Monday to tell them of Shaw's reassignment. Rosswurm said parents would be notified via a phone call through the district's School Messenger service.
Rosswurm declined to explain the initial reasons behind Shaw's absence. The district could only release that information with Shaw's written consent, she said.
The district has reviewed policies and procedures at the school in conjunction with Shaw's leave. Rosswurm said that review was "pretty complete" but did not say whether the review found that any policy or procedure had been violated.