UPDATE: TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 1:30 p.m.
As expected, Jim Jarvis has been named as principal of Ooltewah High School. Jarvis has worked for the school district since 1984. He had most recently served as assistant principal at Ooltewah. He also had been an administrator at Central High and East Ridge High. He succeeds Mark Bean, who retired recently after being suspended during an investigation into charges of improper conduct. Assistant principal Beverly Hollingsworth, also a subject of the investigation, is being demoted and transferred to another school, according to Superintendent Rick Smith.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 5:30 p.m.
Superintendent Rick Smith tells Eyewitness News that suspended Ooltewah High principal Mark Bean has turned in his retirement papers. Bean retires with full benefits after 31 years with the school district. Interim principal Jim Jarvis will likely be named to the post early next week. Assistant principal Beverly Hollingsworth remains suspended without pay and will likely be reassigned to another school in the district next week.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 8:00 a.m.
Sources within the Hamilton County Department of Education say Jim Jarvis is likely to be named the new principal of Ooltewah High School. Jarvis, a longtime assistant principal at East Ridge, Central and currently Ooltewah, was tapped to run the school Thursday by Superintendent Rick Smith.
Smith is conducting an investigation into allegations of misconduct by principal Mark Bean and another assistant principal, Beverly Hollingsworth. Smith is said to be determining whether the two will face reassignment, demotion, or dismissal from the school district. Friday Smith told Eyewitness News that Jarvis "knows Ooltewah High School, the students and the faculty, and the school would never miss a beat under his leadership."
During his time at Ooltewah, Jarvis was named the 2010 Tennessee Assistant Principal of the Year by the Tennessee Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP).
PREVIOUS STORY FROM FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13:
OOLTEWAH (WRCB) - Ooltewah High School principal Mark Bean and assistant principal Beverly Hollingsworth have been suspended without pay by Hamilton County School Superintendent Rick Smith during an investigation into possible "inappropriate conduct."
Smith told Eyewitness News that his investigation was ongoing. "Both Mr. Bean and Mrs. Hollingsworth are suspended pending the results of an investigation into an ongoing matter," Smith said.
He said longtime assistant principal Jim Jarvis is running the day-to-day operations of the school until the matter is settled. "Jim is very familiar with the school, and has helped create a great educational atmosphere at the school," Smith said.
Bean taught and coached at Ooltewah High earlier in his career, was later assistant principal at Central High, and was principal at East Ridge High before being appointed principal in 2009. Hollingsworth was also director of the school's International Baccalaureate program, and was promoted to assistant principal earlier this year.
Ooltewah is the county's largest high school, with an enrollment of 1,399 students.
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