Former Bluffton middle school principal still has not reported to new job

Phillip Shaw
Phillip Shaw

A former middle school principal on paid leave for more than two months still has not reported to the job to which he was reassigned in early January, a Beaufort County School District official said Friday.

Phillip Shaw, former principal at H.E. McCracken Middle School in Bluffton, was named head of Right Choices, an alternative-school program at the district office for students who have been recommended for expulsion.

Shaw was reassigned Jan. 2, but interim superintendent Jackie Rosswurm said Friday he has not reported for work.

His leave began Nov. 8, about the time district officials began a "review" of McCracken's policies and procedures. Shaw continues to be paid his $93,774 annual salary, according to district spokesman Jim Foster.

"There are issues involved in the situation that I'm not at liberty to talk about," Rosswurm said. "There are various types of leave available to staff that Mr. Shaw might be on, which I can't discuss because it's a personnel issue."

An attempt Friday to reach Shaw for comment was unsuccessful.

Student services officer Terry Dingle continues to oversee Right Choices, in addition to his other duties. About 25 high school students are in the program, Rosswurm said.

Assistant principal Joe Warfield will continue to lead McCracken Middle, according to Rosswurm. The district began advertising for a full-time replacement in mid-January.

Shaw's office manager, Denise Gibbo, also has been on paid leave since the principal's departure and still is not back at the school, Rosswurm said.

Rosswurm has declined to explain the reasons for Shaw's initial absence. The district could only release that information with Shaw's written consent, she said.

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