WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The New Hanover County School Board's Policy Committee approved the district's proposed fraternization policy for its first reading by the full board in January.
The policy says fraternization is defined as a situation when two employees of the school district are in a supervisory/subordinate relationship and also in a personal relationship at the same time. It says if employees chose to enter a relationship they must report it to the superintendent or to a member of the school board.
Sources close to the situation confirm Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley is in a relationship with his former administrative assistant, but no one from the school system will say it and refuse to say if that relationship prompted the change.
"I'm just deputy superintendent, so the board and the superintendent takes a look at this kind of thing, so I really can't answer that question," Deputy Superintendent Dr. Rick Holliday said.
Holliday was the only member of the administration who would talk to us before the committee met Tuesday afternoon.
The policy goes on to say a relationship between employees can continue if one of the employees accepts a voluntary transfer to another position to eliminate the supervisory/subordinate relationship.
The Policy Committee also added a clause to the policy to address student interns having a relationship with their supervisors.