THS choral director questions his dismissal

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo High School choral and Wave Connection director Calvin Ellis was fired on Friday, his attorney confirmed.
The reasons for Ellis’ dismissal were not immediately clear. Neither Ellis nor school administrators have yet said what led to the decision, but both have issued statements.
Ellis’ attorney, David Butts, said his client’s next step will be to request a hearing in front of the district’s school board.
“Since I am out of town, I have not had an opportunity to review in depth with Calvin the reasons given for his dismissal,” Butts said in a statement.
Butts said he believes accusations leading to Ellis’ firing are “without merit” and should be dismissed if given a fair hearing.
“For the last six years, Calvin has worked tirelessly for the success of the choral department and the show choirs,” he said. “They have been outstanding successes. His termination is a tragedy for the THS choral program and the students who have worked so hard. We believe that when the truth comes out, he will be reinstated.”
Ellis has been at THS since the 2006-07 school year.
“While the Tupelo Public School District desires to provide as much information as possible to the public, personnel policies and privacy laws prevent us from commenting on this matter,” the school district said in a statement released by Communications Director Kay Bishop. “Our utmost priority is to support, protect and provide our students with a quality educational experience.”
chris.kieffer@journalinc.com