Langston Chapel Middle School Assistant Principal Paul Mizell resigned from his position Tuesday, giving no reason in the letter of resignation addressed to Bulloch County School Superintendent Dr. Lewis Holloway.
The move followed a “personnel” matter that resulted in Mizell’s suspension last week. Since the issue is a personnel matter, Holloway could not discuss details, he said.
Mizell had been suspended with pay until Feb. 3, as the law dictates, he said. A public hearing regarding the matter would have been held before that date, but Mizell’s attorneys asked for a postponement, Holloway said.
Then Tuesday, Mizell resigned.
Holloway said details surrounding the issue would have been revealed had a public hearing been held Monday, before receiving Mizell’s resignation, he said “Our hands are tied until the public hearing.”
Tuesday, Mizell’s attorney, Susan Cox with Edenfield, Cox, Bruce and Classens, contacted Holloway with the announcement that he would resign. Cox had a copy of the letter faxed to Holloway and Mizell was to mail the original, he said.
Mizell did not return calls seeking comment Monday or Tuesday. In the letter, he stated:
"Dear Dr. Holloway, I am writing to officially tender my resignation as Assistant Principal at Langston Chapel Middle School effective Thursday, February 3, 2011. I have appreciated both being part of the Bulloch County School System and the opportunities that have been provided to me in the last 14 years. I wish you and the Bulloch County School System success in the future. Sincerely, Paul J. Mizell.”
Holloway said retired principal Priscilla Clifton will serve as interim assistant principal in Mizell’s place until a decision can be made as to his replacement. The position will be advertised, he said.
Mizell taught physical education at Statesboro High School from 1997 to 1999; taught health and PE at Stilson Elementary from 1999 to 2002; and has been assistant principal at Langston Chapel Middle since 2002, he said.
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