What happens in Quartzsite no longer stays in Quartzsite. After 16 year old Scholars Academy student Myranda Garber filmed her married principal making out with his married secretary/administrator and posted it to Youtube, news crews arrived in Quartzsite yesterday to interview parents and students. Within hours, the story was posted as far away as the U.K and Pakistan.
A meeting of the Scholars Academy Advisory Board was quickly convened wherein Principal Steve McClenning resigned and Administrator Billie "BJ" Madewell was fired, after an adjournment to executive session. However, that will not be effective until June 30th due to the need for continuity of service to the students for the remainder of the semester. Charter schools are private corporations and the Scholars Academy has such a small staff that it apparently cannot provide service without McClenning and Madewell.
At the urging of former Advisory Board Member Kevin Cushman, the Quartzsite Town Council tabled renewing the school's lease pending an unrelated appeal hearing before the Arizona Board for Charter Schools next month. They had denied a requested early renewal of the school's charter in January of this year.