BURGAW, NC (WWAY)– Parents of Topsail High School students came before the Pender County Board of Education Monday night begging for answers about the school’s former leader.
Back in June, Marcus Skipper was reassigned to Cape Fear Middle School. The Pender County Board of Education then reversed that decision and brought him back to Topsail High. Now he is no longer there and parents want to know why.
“Our board of education doesn’t know what’s going on with our principal,” said Rhonda Schwarz, a Topsail parent. “We were coming here tonight to try and find out. We went into the room and were told we could not speak about a position, a person, a specific incident, nothing. I had signed up to speak on behalf of our children and was refused to be allowed to speak and I really don’t think it’s fair.”
Skipper was suspended in late October with pay. When WWAY tried to find out why we did not get much of an answer. Temporary Superintendent Rachel Manning had no comment, others had similar reaction.
“The only thing I can say at this point is that it’s a personnel issue and we cannot discuss it,” said Katherine Herring, Pender County Board of Education Chair.”That’s all I can say. Sorry.”
Topsail High School is a North Carolina School of Excellence. Many parents believe Skipper is the reason why. The students are supporting their principal as well with over 400 likes on the “Keep Mr. Skipper” Facebook page.
“I do think that there are some issues with the front office and I’m hoping that the new superintendent, when he comes in, will clean house and start over because I do think there are some issues there,” said Laurie Peregoy, another Topsail parent.
At the end of Monday’s meeting the board discussed personnel issues including the filling of a music position at Topsail High. Parents say that the vacancy has caused a few days where students were in the class without any supervision at all. The situation surrounding Mr. Skipper was not touched on.
“Any child, high school student, freshman to senior, they look up to this man and he’s not there,” said Schwarz. “They don’t know where to go.”
The board told parents Monday that they will get a written response at an appropriate time about the issue.