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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brock Ahrens will remain principal at West Brunswick High School after a change of heart today at graduation, according to the school district.

“I took a huge risk for myself, my school, my community, and more importantly I took a huge risk for my family,” Ahrens said.

Everyone stood in the room when Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Dr. Edward Pruden took the podium Saturday morning and offered Ahrens his job back.

“I believe it was a big shocker to everybody,” Ryver Powers said.

Powers had perfect attendance all four years of high school. He says he is glad the principal was able to stand by what he believes.

His proud grandfather, James Rodinson, sitting in the audience, was worried Ahrens was not going to accept his position back.

“I was glad to see him come back,” Rodinson said. “It was a hasty decision I think he made when he did it. I still think he was in the right.”

Friday Ahrens turned in his letter of resignation after a dispute about the attendance policy for graduating students. Ahrens says he never wanted to leave the school.

“They knew it was the right thing to do,” Ahrens said. “They knew it was the right thing to do to support somebody that was going to support students.”

Ahrens says this will start a conversation about the way forward for the schools, and he wants to find a solution.

“An advisory committee would be put together. We will look at our graduation classes in Brunswick County and try to come up with some kind of solution that involves not only academics, but also attendance,” he said.0

He also says he hopes to find a way to acknowledge the students who do have perfect attendance in the future.

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2016 years 2 months ago

Ahrens should be fired. Ahrens continues down a road of having a God complex that no one has questioned. Ahrens runs this school as if he is God and his decision is final. When will the school board realize the damage that this fool is doing to the kids? Kids are being disciplined under the direction of Ahrens without notification of the parents. Ahrens is the judge, jury and enforcer of the discipline.
Brunswick County School board should be ashamed of what they have allowed to transpire at this school.

2016 years 2 months ago

I think that these things should be dealt with on an individual basis and the student you speak of should not have been punished for his extenuating circumstances.

However, the attendance policy is part of preparing kids for life. School isn’t just about preparing kids for college. In the real world, when a person misses too much work, they get fired.

2016 years 2 months ago

“I taught for 28yrs and just retired 2 yrs ago.”

After reading your comments, now I know why so many kids graduating today are deficient in the writing skills.

Free at last
2016 years 2 months ago

If the kids can pass who cares if they were there everyday or not.
I personally think attendance policies are a joke. I’ll give you an example.

I would have students “who were a constant disruption, constantly suspended,disrespectful” not have the days they were suspended for count against them because they were labeled BEH or some other crap! But I had a good kid who was not ever an issue with any teacher administrator or student get involved in a horrible accident. And had to re-learn how to walk, talk, brush teeth and missed too many days because of that. … Read more »

2016 years 2 months ago

WOOO HOOOO!!! Pretty much said it all!!

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