Students, parents, staff rally around dismissed principal
Posted May 27, 2010 5:03 p.m. EDT
Updated May 27, 2010 7:15 p.m. EDT
Warrenton, N.C. — A group of Warren County High School students, teachers and parents are asking school administrators to reconsider a decision that puts the school's principal out of a job.
Earlier this week, the Warren County Board of Education voted not to renew principal Carolyn Faucette's contract for the 2010-11 school year.
Faucette said Thursday she's been given no reason for the move.
"It did come as a shock," she said.
Dozens of people marched with signs from the high school to the school system's central office to present school officials with a letter.
"We just really want to know why," said Taylor Whitehead, who is the school's band director.
Several school board members did not return calls seeking comment. One declined to comment, saying the decision was a personnel matter.
Faucette said she believes her dismissal has to do with her mission to create a more disciplined atmosphere at Warren High.
She said she has strictly enforced a dress code that hasn't been popular with some parents.
"Without discipline, you have chaos. With chaos, there's no learning."
School leaders cite end-of-grade test results that show Faucette's methods were working. In Algebra II, for example, the number of passing students went from 13 percent to 78 percent in the last year.
Some students, like valedictorian Adam Aycock, say Faucette has changed the attitude of the school for the better.
"At the end of my sophomore year at the school, we were at ground zero," he said. "By the end of my senior year, I was proud to say 'I'm an Eagle from Warren County High School.'"
And that's why Faucette's supporters say they don't understand why she's being let go.
"It was total disbelief," parent Suprenna Alston said. "I just couldn't understand."