|Published: 10:10 AM, 09/30/2013
||Last updated: 10:11 AM, 09/30/2013
Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
For weeks, the Monroe County School
System has wondered, "Will he stay or will he go?"
This week, Maintenance Supervisor
Charles "Charlie" Underwood made his decision and will continue
his extended career with the school system, taking back his
resignation from early September.
"I told him [Director of Schools Mike
Lowry] that I would stay a while longer," Underwood told The
Advocate & Democrat on Friday.
Lowry said he never signed off on
Underwood's resignation letter, having lengthy conversations with
Underwood about the situation.
"It's a benefit for us to have
Charlie staying," said Lowry. "He's an asset to our school
Underwood has held the position of
maintenance supervisor for 27 years. He has worked in the school
system for approximately 35 years, working as a maintenance employee
before becoming supervisor.
Underwood told The Advocate & Democrat on Friday morning that he has enjoyed his time with the
Monroe County School System.
"I've worked under about six
superintendents and I've had a good relationship with every one of
them," said Underwood. "Everyone has been as good to me as I can
Underwood's initial resignation in
early September stemmed after negative comments about overtime pay
during the summer to complete the renovations projects at Tellico
Plains and Vonore elementary schools. Due to the controversy, the
Monroe County Board of Education voted to change Underwood from an
hourly to a salaried employee, giving him a $4,000 dollar raise, but
then retracted that decision at its monthly meeting on Sept. 12,
proceeding a budget workshop.
See full story in the Sunday, Sept. 28, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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