In a unanimous vote, the Ardmore City Schools Board of Education voted to employ Bobby Upshaw as the Ardmore High School assistant principal at the same daily rate of pay as his previous position.


In a unanimous vote, the Ardmore City Schools Board of Education voted to employ Bobby Upshaw as the Ardmore High School assistant principal at the same daily rate of pay as his previous position.

Upshaw, who has been the high school principal since 2006, was not among the rehired administrators approved at the board’s May meeting.

Several members of the public stayed after the meeting to voice their displeasure with what they called Upshaw’s demotion.

“You all have put him through too much mental stress and not respected what he’s done,” said Phyllis Clark, a community member.

She referred to the high school’s decreased dropout rate as one of Upshaw’s achievements during his tenure as principal.

“He took time to visit homes and talk kids into going back to school. That counts 100 percent,” Clark said.

Board President Lucinda Hull and Vice President Willie Tiller listened to the comments after the meeting.

“I’m glad they came. I listened. It’s what I’m supposed to do,” Hull said.

Tiller expressed displeasure at the vote he had just cast.

“I wouldn’t recommend this. Personally, I’d like to see Bobby as principal of the high school,” Tiller said.

However, the idea to name Upshaw as assistant principal was arranged by outgoing ACS Superintendent Dr. Ruth Ann Carr and Upshaw’s attorney.

“This was all arranged and presented by Dr. Carr. This is the only option the board was presented,” Tiller said.

Carr could not be reached for comment.