By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Arguments resumed today in a Tupelo school personnel hearing that has stoked community passions.
At issue is whether Calvin Ellis, fired as Tupelo High School choral director on Oct. 28, will be reinstated in his former job. Both Ellis and his attorney, David Butts, contend the district’s 23 charges against him are untrue and his termination was improper.
In the months since his termination, the case has become a source for intense debate, hurt feelings and public distrust in the school district.
Ellis’ supporters say the school district mishandled its treatment of the popular choral director and the case is symptomatic of larger issues.