School system indicates it plans to keep
ex-principal charged with DWI as an employee
HICKORY – Robert Brown, whose career includes coaching at Crest, started his role as interim principal at Hickory High on Thursday.
In a press release by the Hickory Public Schools, the system said Brown will serve as principal during the absence of Rebecca Tuttle, who is on extended leave.
Tuttle was charged with DWI on Jan. 3 (blood level of 0.16, according to Hickory Police Department), and Thursday’s press release was the first response from HPS regarding who was filling Tuttle’s role at HHS.
The police report indicated Tuttle hit a car, a pedestrian and a shed on Jan. 3.
HPS Superintendent Robert Adell has shared with parents of HHS students that Tuttle remains employed with the school system as an administrative assistant.
The press release said Adell said in his message to parents, in part: “Barring unforeseen circumstances, it is our intent to reinstate Ms. Tuttle to an administrative role at a date yet to be determined.”
Tuttle, currently using sick days during a medical leave of absence, is paid $87,000 per school year, HPS officials said.
In the press release, Brown said: “I am thrilled to be here at Hickory High and I look forward to building upon the strengths in place as developed by Ms. Tuttle and the team.
“We are moving forward with a strong focus on rigor and developing healthy relationships.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to work with the amazing staff and students of Hickory High.”
Brown is paid $6,400 a month by HPS.
Amy Baker and Matt Hollifield will serve as assistant principals at HHS.
Since 1995, Brown has been actively involved in education. He served as the Headmaster of Pinnacle Classical Academy in Shelby, assistant principal at Chase Middle School in Forest City, and assistant principal at Crest High.
Brown has a passion for athletics after serving as a football assistant at Crest and head track and field coach for the Chargers.