McCormack, former assistant head of Stornoway's Nicolson Institute, is now blackballed, struck from the council's supply list for breaching council policy - to wit, rubbishing his employer in the local paper as "the jackass of Scottish education".
The former national president of the Educational Institute of Scotland is a mathematician to trade and authorities can ill afford to lose such skills. But we can offer a solution. As it happens, the Western Isles already has a retired maths teacher in its midst, no less a person than Mrs Neil Galbraith.
It would be the ultimate irony if a Galbraith replaced a McCormack on the teacher supply list. Surely the Nicolson would not reject such a qualified candidate. Would it?