Rescind Dr. Tom McCullough's Suspension

We the undersigned respectfully ask Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith to lift the suspension of Dr. Tom McCullough and allow him to continue in his role as principal of Signal Mountain Middle High School until June 30, 2012, to allow Dr. McCullough to complete his current contract with the Hamilton County Department of Education.

Dr. McCullough’s leadership at Signal Mountain Middle High School has helped the school become one of the best – if not the best – school in Hamilton County. During Dr. McCullough’s tenure:

SMMHS became the first Hamilton County school to be authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the IB Diploma Program.

SMMHS has achieved test scores in the top 5% of the state and international academic standards.

SMMHS has won five state sports championships: 2012 Middle School Girls Basketball, 2012 High School Girls Golf, 2010 High School Football, 2010 High School Volleyball, and 2009 High School Girls Golf.

In April of this year, Dr. McCullough was named High School Principal of the Year by the Hamilton County PTA.

Of the 140 students in SMMHS’  2012 graduating class, 140 – 100% - have been accepted into college.

There may be no way to determine how many students Dr. McCullough has positively influenced during his 42 years as an educator. We are signing this petition because he has made a difference in our lives. We understand that mistakes may have been made. But to end such an accomplished career with a suspension because of actions by other adults – and a threat of harsher discipline if Dr. McCullough dares to even appeal the suspension – is simply wrong. Please show that the Hamilton County Department of Education does, indeed, value achievement in our schools, and allow Dr. McCullough to retire with the respect he deserves. 

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