Teacher files grievances against principal

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Submitted: Tue, 04/02/2013 - 3:14am
Updated: Tue, 12/10/2013 - 1:23pm

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — One New Hanover County teacher feels like she is being bullied by the principal. A forty-two page document including grievances and emails between the principal and teacher explains it all.

Beth Brown is a teacher who says she only wants the best for her students. She says the principal at her New Hanover County School isn’t making that easy. After addressing Principal Todd Finn about an issue with the heat in Brogden Hall, she says he retaliated by making her switch rooms. Finn instructed her to move her room, and all of its things, to another part of the building for what he says was for an unrelated reason. Brown filed a grievance to human resources, but human resources supported the principal.

“The principal has the right to move classrooms even at the midterm break. The move is not a grievable issue unless we are putting you in a situation which would be detrimental to your health,” said Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources John Welmers. “Though I fully understand your concerns with the move and the fact that you will be in a crowded situation, I don’t believe your health or safety is in jeopardy.”

Brown says moving during the “dog days of summer” did affect her health. She says it activated hives and caused her to suffer from wheezing.

Brown’s doctor supported her saying,”Beth Brown has been a patient of mine since 2006 who I treat for multiple allergies and asthma. She is highly allergic to dust, both dust types of dust mites and cockroach excrement.”

Principal Finn sent an emailing to Brown expressing his concern.

“Understanding your concern is allergy related, I have instructed our custodial staff to support you 100% in the move,” said Finn. “Mr. Blackmore is making arrangements this morning. I do not wish for your allergies to be affected in any way, therefore you are not to move anything that may cause dust to rise. If need be, our custodial staff will move every object for you. This is not a problem.”

Brown was unavailable for comment about her grievances.

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9 Comments on "Teacher files grievances against principal"

The Natural
2015 years 8 months ago

Why am I reading this? My mother is a principal, and she has teacher’s switch classrooms often for a variety of reasons. Also, who doesn’t have allergies these days? Lady, get over it and do your job or Q-U-I-T.

2015 years 8 months ago

The woman who makes a big stink over trivial issues, documenting her saga via a 42-page grievance with “supporting documents” and bringing attention to her plight via news outlets … does not have the courage to step forward and answer questions, provide clarifications, or otherwise stand up for the ridiculous claims she has made. I think we all see how this is going to end…

2015 years 8 months ago

Let me see if I have this straight. The teacher complains to the principal that her room is too hot or too cold, a temperature issue. He has her room moved and instructs the janitors to move her room so she will not get sick from dust. Then she complains about her new room in a 42 page letter? Sounds like someone is complaining just to complain.

2015 years 8 months ago

This may turn into a situation where at first “blush” it would appear as though the teacher has a point, but as time goes by and more info is released those points will look less and less “grievable”
Moving a classroom?
Nah that doesn’t cut it for me.
What are the rest of the grievances?


2015 years 8 months ago

which should be asked.

She was hired in 2010.

It is reported she has been a patient for allergies since 2006.

Did she disclose that pre-existing condition at the time of her application?

2015 years 8 months ago

Allergies can start up at any time.
You can also be tolerant of a certain amount of some allergen but the moment it goes OVER that amount you exhibit symptoms.
I am not making excuses for the teacher either.
But lets assume it’s mold allergy.
Now the school board has a very expensive “fix” to address…..

I’m still not convinced her grievance is legit – but I do have a healthy degree of skepticism on both sides of this issue.


2015 years 8 months ago

…is not a requirement of employment. It were so, It could be used to descriminate.

2015 years 8 months ago

any job applicant is required to note any health conditions which may impact their ability to perform a job.

It clearly states she had been under treatment since 2006.

She was hired in 2010.

Simple question — did she advise she was under a Doctor’s treatment for allergies? Simple Yes or No.

Having said that, it appears the Principal took immediate steps when he became aware of her health issue. Which causes me to think it was not a part of her 201 file. Which means she did not provide notice of any health issues at the itme of applying for the job.

2015 years 8 months ago

you are wrong.

Any employment application around asks if the applicant has any conditions which would affect their ability to perform the job duties.