State education board suspends former West Florence High principal’s teaching certification

Former West Florence High principal's educator certificate suspended

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – New documents explain what happened to two faculty members from West Florence High School after they were placed on administrative leave within a month of each other.

According to documents from the South Carolina Board of Education, the entity voted to suspend the teacher certification for Pamela Quick, the former principal of West Florence High.

Quick held a professional educator certificate for over 35 years. Documents reveal back in October 2017, she failed to report a school employee sexually harassing other teachers.

The staff member who reported the harassment learned of Quick's failure to file the documents after telling another supervisor about the reported incident back on Feb. 5.

According to the investigation, it was revealed that Quick also used her position to change a student’s grade who had acquired too many absences. Since the student had a failing grade, they were ineligible to play on a sports team.

The documents stated Quick was a friend of the student’s mother and personally submitted an appeal for the student to remain on the team after the deadline had passed.

That student stayed on the team but didn't play any games since the coach wasn't sure about their eligibility, the documents state.

Quick was placed on administrative leave on Feb. 14. She resigned nine days later.

On March 8, Florence School District One reported Quick’s unprofessional conduct to the S.C. Department of Education. The state board voted to suspend Quick’s teacher certification for two years, ending on Dec. 10, 2020, the documents state.

These documents also reveal what happened to Kevin Jones, the former teacher and coach at West Florence High.

On Feb. 9, Florence School District One placed Jones on administrative leave following allegations he made inappropriate comments to district staff members.

Jones admitted he acted inappropriately and apologized for his actions, the documents state. He publicly resigned on Feb. 28.

Additionally, Jones agreed to waive his rights to a hearing and entered into a consent order of public reprimand. The state board revealed that evidence couldn't support a conclusion to rightfully suspend or revoke his teacher certification.

However, the board ruled there was enough evidence to prove Jones showed unprofessional conduct. Members voted to approve a consent order of public reprimand against Jones for up to one year.

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