StarNews: Teacher transferred after filing grievance against principal

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Submitted: Wed, 04/03/2013 - 1:12am
Updated: Wed, 04/03/2013 - 12:32pm

WILMINGTON, NC ( — A teacher who filed a grievance against New Hanover High School Principal Todd Finn will be at a different school in the county starting Wednesday, according to the school district.

Beth Brown, who had taught English as a second language classes at New Hanover High School since 2006, was transferred to Castle Hayne Elementary School to teach ESL classes there, said Wayne Bullard, attorney for New Hanover County Schools.

Bullard wouldn’t comment on the reason for the transfer since it was a personnel matter. Brown also would not comment on the transfer.

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  • Vog46 says:

    If she were not in good standing the transfer would have been blocked.
    This makes me wonder if in fact this woman has stumbled on to something and they are keeping her “quiet”.
    Oh well – Vog no longer has a dog in this fight so…….ce la vie


  • guesty says:

    So now you refer to yourself in third person? That takes away from any point you may have made in your posting.

  • Vog46 says:

    I don’t know who released the info as she sent it to all committee members.
    My question is – did the process take place?
    Is this what they “do”? Transfer without comment?
    Of course both sides are not commenting – that’s standard operating procedure.
    This woman had issue(s) and we only know of a couple – one of which seems to be medically related to “allergies” – and had doctor who was apparently backing HER story up.
    Are her complaints credible? At this point I don’t know – but the immediate move to another school raises more red flags for me.
    Glad I don’t have kids in NH High School anymore……..


  • Guest12121212 says:

    If the teacher sent this grievance to the school board, one of them may have released it, or more likely Finn released it clandestinely through one of you, “Cheerleaders” for Finn.

  • Mom says:

    Anyone who puts together a 42 page complaint because she is tired of being reprimanded probably gave plenty of reason to get reprimanded in the first place. She probably wanted an out and got what she asked for. Too bad she had to run to the media to air her grievances. If she had anything of substance, she would have let the process take place. If her primary concern was having her room moved, as reported, maybe she needs to get her priorities straight.

  • Mom says:

    Why would Finn release a document that is designed to make him look bad? What would be the benefit there? The teacher got some attention and press by releasing the grievance. Initially she probably thought it was a good move. However, seeing as though it is a personnel issue, my bet is that she made the mistake and not the school system. By the way, I am a Finn Cheerleader, but if he wasn’t doing a great job, I would not be. Please do not insult those of us who recognize that this man has made some hard decisions to benefit our kids. The students are the priority, and any adult who can’t see that will probably be like yourself. Hating the authority figure because he makes you work. As parents, we are happy because our kids are safe and able to learn. If that makes a teacher unhappy, she has every right to leave.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    that certainly sends a message. And note the release came from the School System’s attorney.

    Went from High School to Elementary School level. And that is effective today.

    And so far, she has no comment.

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