Background of Kingsbury principal reveals history of complaints, previous suspension


Dr. Terry Ross, principal at Kingsbury High.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County Schools confirmed Tuesday that Kingsbury High Principal Terry Ross is on administrative leave while an external investigation in done into complaints of grade changing, harassment and more.

In a message to staff, Shelby County Schools finally confirmed why the principal of Kingsbury High School, Dr. Terry Ross, hasn't been on campus since the first day of school.

The message was sent hours after WREG told viewers about Ross' personnel and labor files that had dozens of complaints from teachers, staff and law enforcement accusing Ross of grade changing, refusing to track attendance, harassment and bullying.

Parents received a different voicemail message that notified them about Ross' absence.

"It was out of control, erratic, disgusting and offensive conduct," one teacher wrote.

WREG found out Ross had similar complaints at his previous job as a principal in Buffalo, New York. We've also learned Ross worked at Getwell Elementary in the early 2000's.

We found a document that states Ross was suspended for three days after failing to follow the required TCAP testing security procedures.

We are working to find out more details.

In Tuesday's pick up line, parents had yet to receive the message sent by SCS. They told us they were concerned it took the district so long to let them know about Ross and the investigation.

"I haven't heard anything about it at all," a parent said.

Alesia Harris, a former math teacher at Kingsbury, was the first to be interviewed by the Stanton Law Firm that was brought on by Shelby County Schools.

We don't know the details of what was said during the interview, but Harris says they asked her about everything happening at the school.

"He said to me, 'The students aren't the problem. You are the problem," she said referencing her communication with Ross.

She tells us she spoke with Ross about students not turning in their work. She later noticed some of her students grades were changed in the computer from zeros to 100's.

She quit last week.

We reached out to every board member. Only two responded.

Scott McCormick said, "I am aware outside investigators are investigating allegations of unfair treatment and retaliation. I have not been given any details."

Kevin Woods said he hasn't been briefed yet.

We also reached out to Ross again, but didn't hear back.

WREG has learned two more teachers have come forward.

The district called a staff meeting at an assembly at the school on Wednesday. They say Vice Principal Shenar Miller will take over for now.

They are also bringing in a former principal to help out.

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