Kingsbury High School Principal File Shows Multiple Grievances

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Nearly a dozen teachers went to Shelby County Schools Human Resources to file reports against Kingsbury High School principal Dr. Terry Ross.

The complaints are detailed in a 210 personnel file, Local 24 News obtained.  Dr. Ross is currently suspended and under investigation following claims of inappropriate behavior.

The 210-page personnel file contains not only those detailed complaints by Kingsbury High School teachers, but it also includes accusations Dr. Ross made against some of his employees.

Within the file, we’ve learned this is Dr. Ross’ second stint with the Shelby County School district.  He previously worked as a principal at Getwell Elementary.  In 2002, he was suspended for three days for violating three test security procedures during the TCAP Achievement test.

10 current and former Kingsbury High School teachers reported Dr. Ross to human resources. 

One report dated April 20, 2017, a teacher wrote, “Dr. Ross harassed me in my classroom in front of my class.  He yelled at me for no reason.  His harassment was absolutely unfounded.”

Another complaint dated December 19, a teacher says Dr. Ross groped her twice at a staff Christmas Party at the River Terrace on Mud Island.

There is also a letter that says Dr. Ross met with officials at SCS Office of Labor Relations May 18, 2018 over teacher complaints.  Complaints they were treated in a disrespectful or aggressive tone during school meetings or encounters. 

Local 24 News reached out to Dr. Ross several times and have not been able to get his take on this investigation.  

Dr. Ross says he was physically assaulted by a teacher October of 2016.  He says he was kicked in the leg, but the case was thrown out due to lack of evidence.

The file also includes a number of emails from Alesia Harris.  She is the math teacher who presented her claims of grade changing to the Shelby County School Board in June, which sparked the current investigation.

Dr. Ross’ file contained many more reports of harassment and intimidation.  Dr. Ross has had trouble before coming to SCS.  Last week, Local 24 News reported in 2014, teachers in Buffalo, New York had similar complaints about him. 

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