Superintendent’s employment terminated, CN says
TAHLEQUAH — Sequoyah Schools Superintendent Leroy Qualls’ “employment was terminated” by the Cherokee Nation on Feb. 3, according to the tribe.
Qualls, a longtime and successful basketball coach, was hired as superintendent in August 2012. In a brief statement, the CN confirmed that Qualls is no longer superintendent, but cited no reason for the move.
“Leroy Qualls employment was terminated by the Cherokee Nation on Monday, Feb. 3,” the statement says. “The Cherokee Nation cannot disclose employee personnel records. An interim superintendent will be named soon, while a search for a new superintendent is conducted.”
Chief of Staff Todd Enlow, in the statement, said, “The Cherokee Nation is disappointed by this turn of events just as our school family is. Sequoyah Schools has a long tradition of resiliency, spirit and academic excellence and we want to assure our students, parents and tribal citizens that this tradition will continue as we transition to new leadership.”
Before taking on the role as superintendent, Qualls coached basketball in Hulbert and Tahlequah. He retired in 2009 after five seasons at Tahlequah High School. During his final year there, he and the Tigers reached the Class 5A state semifinals.
A member of the Tahlequah, Muldrow and Sequoyah hall of fames, Qualls was a conference coach of the year 19 times and the 1998 USA Today Most Caring Coach national runner-up, among other honors.