Teachers at Greenbrier High School have accused their principal of poor leadership, unfairness and bullying.
A letter sent last week to Greenbrier High School Principal Margie Hamilton said she is "harsh, commanding and intimidating." Columbia County school officials released the letter Wednesday.
Though the letter's 14 authors recognize that the school has enjoyed multiple academic and athletic achievements during Hamilton's tenure, they say there was no "spirit of cooperation" between her and the staff.
Among those signing the letter, which also was sent to Superintendent Charles Nagle and school board Chairwoman Regina Buccafusco, were Athletic Director Garrett Black, soccer coach Chip Warren, social studies teacher Lynn Hackett, foreign language teacher Melissa Heckathorn, math teacher Lindy Tickerhoff, and media center personnel Lisa Corradino and Patti Crouch. The remainder of the signatures are illegible.
Black refused last week to comment on the letter.
In a cover letter sent to Nagle, the educators noted that about 28 percent of the staff were not asked to sign the letter because they are new. Many more staff members refused to sign out of fear of losing their jobs, the letter said.
The authors wrote that Hamilton has created an atmosphere of "constant fear that permeates throughout the staff."
"The belief is that a 'list' is kept by you, and staff can and will be put on the list if you do not like them or perceive them to be disloyal to you," the letter said. "Those who have made the 'list' often have their personal job responsibilities unduly monitored and focused on in an effort to force them to seek employment elsewhere."
The letter also said Hamilton lacks communication skills, adds to the workload of only certain staffers, overly scrutinizes coaches, misrepresents directives by Nagle, and is rude to staff.
Deputy Superintendent Sandra Carraway said last week that the issues detailed in the letter will be handled internally by school officials.
Buccafusco said last week there are no plans by the school board to investigate accusations.
Phone calls to Greenbrier on Wednesday went unanswered.
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