Editor’s Note: The Fox Creek High School board of directors voted 6-0 during its November 12, 2013 meeting to withdraw its recommendation to terminate employee A and accept employee A’s resignation and request to withdraw the request for an evidentiary hearing.
NORTH AUGUSTA — Fox Creek High School’s board of directors have fired Principal Dr. Timothy Murph.
The decision was made at a special called meeting Monday.
“Employee A through his attorney waived his right to attend and participate in (the) meeting in Executive Session,” according to a statement from the board. “However, employee A has requested a Due Process hearing before the Board of Trustees should the Board decide to terminate employee A’s contract.”
A hearing will be scheduled “at a mutually convenient time between both parties,” according to the statement.
Greg Hurt, the president of the board of directors, said Thursday that the board can’t discuss the details.
Murph was the principal of the charter school for seven of the school’s nine years of existence, according to his biography listed on the school’s Web site.
A call to Murph was unreturned as of Thursday evening.
In July 2012, the charter school moved from under the umbrella of the Edgefield County School District to the South Carolina Public Charter School District.
Superintendent of the charter school district, Dr. Wayne Brazell, said Thursday that district administration was not involved in the board’s vote or decision.
“We didn’t intervene in any way,” said Brazell.
Personnel and student issues are usually handled at the local levels, he said, adding that the only situation where the district would intervene is if there was a violation of charter school or state law.
Murph was placed on administrative leave in May. Fox Creek’s assistant principal Josh Trahan has served as the school’s interim principal since then.