Superintendent Charles Wilson said that Principal Dr. Evelyn Gamble-Hilton’s salary will remain the same when she is made an assistant principal, but not her “responsibilities and prestige,” according to a correction issued Friday by the school system’s spokesperson.
In a story Friday about the reaction to Gamble-Hilton being assigned to fill an assistant principal vacancy at Southeast Bulloch High School, the Statesboro Herald quoted the wording, as originally provided by Hayley Greene, Bulloch County Schools public relations and marketing specialist. Greene had issued the statement on Wilson’s behalf.
“I consider myself a public servant, and it is always my goal to be transparent and communicate timely, accurate information to the public,” Greene wrote in her correction message. “I apologize for this mistake and for any way that it may have caused embarrassment to Dr. Evelyn Gamble-Hilton or Superintendent Charles Wilson, confusion to the public, or disruption of media communications. I promise to improve my communication processes continuously to help ensure this does not occur in the future.”
The corrected statement she provided on Wilson’s behalf reads in full:
“The Bulloch County Board of Education votes to determine the employment status of our school system’s employees. The Board approved a contract recommendation from the superintendent for Dr. Evelyn Bonnie Gamble-Hilton on Feb. 22, for the 2018-2019 school year, which begins July 1. The superintendent of schools has the authority to determine an administrator's duty assignment and location. Superintendent Charles Wilson has notified the principal at Southeast Bulloch High School and Dr. Gamble-Hilton of his decision to reassign her to fill an assistant principal vacancy at SEBHS. According to Superintendent Wilson, there is no change to Dr. Gamble-Hilton's salary.”
Like all other school system employees, she would receive a 2-percent raise that Wilson recently recommended as part of the proposed 2018-19 budget.
With that raise, her current $106,505 salary as a principal will become $107,984 as an assistant principal, making Gamble-Hilton the highest-paid assistant principal in the Bulloch County Schools, according to answers Greene provided in response to questions from the newspaper.
In a phone interview Friday, Wilson said that “hurried miscommunication” occurred with the original statement and that he had addressed only the fact that Gamble-Hilton’s salary would remain the same. But Wilson also said Friday that he does not consider the reassignment to be a demotion and referred to a “three-way test” involving position, prestige and salary.