Some Teachers Unhappy With Ashley High School


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Submitted: Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:03am
Updated: Wed, 07/02/2014 - 3:39am
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– As a student at Ashley High School, Eason Saffo has concerns.

“I don’t think they’re being treated fairly by the administration,” Saffo said. They are teachers and he took his concerns to the school board Tuesday.

Apparently teachers are concerned too.

The numbers for teacher satisfaction at Ashley High School are so low parents are calling them downright startling.

“It definitely needs to be looked into and the board needs to look into it,” said Mark Hicks, parent of an Ashley High student.

Teachers across New Hanover County were surveyed and the results of the 2014 teacher satisfaction survey were presented to the school board tonight.

The numbers for the county as a whole paint a much different picture than at Ashley High School alone.

In categories like facilities and resources, managing student conduct, and school leadership Ashley High School scoring below 30 percent in the amount of teachers who agree these things are up to par.

Parents are outraged.

“Lord knows this county this state this country needs strong leadership, and without good leaders in school and good leaders going all the way up to the superintendent’s office, we’re in trouble,” said Hicks.

Ashley highs principal was on hand tonight. It’s his first year on the job.

“I’m sure he can improve and hopefully he will,” Hicks said of Principal Jackson Norvell.

Norvell refused to speak with us. The New Hanover County Schools Superintendent adding the principal didn’t have to talk to anyone about anything.

When asked about the principals plans to address parent’s concerns about Ashley High School Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley said parents could talk to the principal one on one.

Parents we talked to said they’ve tried to do that but got no response.

62 Comments

  • we have to speak says:

    It’s a sad day when hard-working, dedicated, intelligent educators are scared to publicly speak about their needs and the way they are being treated. Well, the working conditions survey said it, but administration won’t give it credit until 3-4 years of the same results. Pathetic. Norvell made it clear by administratively moving one of our best math teachers that if you speak the truth, you will be punished, you will be removed. And to those who belittle us for complaining about our “cakewalk” school and tell us to go teach elsewhere if we’re so unhappy: we actually LOVE our school, it’s students, and being a part of this community. We just can’t stand that one man and his ego has begun to ruin it for us and the students. I am so proud that one young man had the courage to publicly stand up for us. Frankly it may be the only way things get changed. You know why they allow only one-on-one meetings? Because then they (Norvell and Markley) can keep us isolated. They and the Board ignored the collective voice (the survey) so that they can continue to justify their bad decisions and point the finger elsewhere. SPEAK OUT! Don’t let them silence you.

  • AK says:

    I was not supportive of Rutledge, but the survey results and refusal to talk to people is really disappointing and we and our kids deserve better leadership.

  • Si says:

    I think there are some other schools that they should look at besides Ashley. Like Wrightsboro School had 21 teachers leave this year! This is not the first year this has occurred. Maybe there Principal should also answer questions.

  • Truth says:

    I’ve known Jackson Norvell and worked for him. These allegations are ridiculous. Best boss I’ve ever had hands down. Maybe some of these so-called teachers should take a closer look in the mirror instead of placing blame on someone for their failures.

  • Jane M. Dagenhart says:

    When Ashley High School opened 15 years ago the naysayers predicted that the school would always lag behind the other three high schools in athletics and academics. The teachers, students, coaches, and support staff worked together long and hard to bring Ashley’s reputation to the top. Departments worked closely with each other and support staff to make sure each student’s individual needs were met so he or she had the best chance for success. Success came from team effort. Staff and students were able to do this while the principalship of the school changed 5 times. The most stable and dependable principals were Mr. James McAdams and Dr. Kenneth Bowen. The school really shined during those 6 1/2 years. Ashley was proud. Everyone was happy. The pay situation was distressing, but teachers were not leaving at an alarming rate. During the 2013-2014 school year 25+ teachers have left Ashley for various reasons. Many more are actively seeking employment elsewhere. Teachers are now afraid to talk to one another. Students suffer no consequences for blatantly defying county and school policies. When one goes to the doctor, dentist, grocery store,…, in the southern part of the county, they are often asked, “What in the world is happening at Ashley?” It would be interesting to see the testing results over the last five years compared side by side. Many mourn the demise of Ashley High School.

  • Former teacher under James McAdams says:

    You may get your wish. You may have an influx of Ashley teachers requesting a transfer to New Hanover for the honor and pleasure of working under Mr. McAdams again.

  • Parent of AHS Student says:

    Finally Jackson Norvell is getting the recognition he deserves. A poor leader who does not deserve to lead a high school (or a middle school or elementary school). Consistently poor decisions. And it shows. From teacher dissatisfaction to unhappy students to improper releasing of teachers and coaches to the lack of advocacy for various students and the girls basketball team. Norvell consistently talks about advocating for kids, this is exactly what he does not do. He is more about finding ways to say “I got cha” rather than looking for a way to find positive solutions. He is power hungry just like another administrator in the NHC Central Administration. Thank God our School Board is finally seeing the true colors reflected by the failing Ashley Leadership. Simply put, the scores revealed on this report card says it all. It’s time for positive change and Norvell not capable of delivering it.

  • Ashley Parent says:

    Anyone who criticizes a student who is advocating for a teacher that encouraged him or her should be ashamed of themselves. Eason Saffo’s parents should be proud of the young man that they are raising. Eason has more courage than most adults have, good for you Eason for standing up for what you believe in! There have been comments made recently that any teacher worth having at Ashley is either voluntarily leaving (due to bullying by admin)or being pushed out by the weak administration that clearly is threatened by teachers that offer any type of suggestions towards improving the school. What a mess we’re in at Ashley!! We need to bring in an “outsider” to be in charge at Ashley,not a Laney Grad who has connections all over town who are going to help him sweep his poor decisions under the carpet. It’s a very unsettling feeling sending my kids to a school that is under this type of leadership!!

  • Kirk Stroud says:

    Eason you best bet is to just stay off this. I know it’s hard to bite your tongue sometimes. When it’s the hardest thing to do, it’s probably the best thing to do. Especially with politics and that’s all this is.

    If some RANDOM person, who can’t even attach their name to a post, wants to say something. Just ignore them. At the end of the day, they mean nothing to you. When they are man enough to say it to your face, then worry about it. Until then, it’s just someone hiding behind computer muscles.
    Keep putting in the work, on and off the court. That’s what matters the most. Not some random “sheriff” patrolling a web site.

    Kirk

  • The Sheriff says:

    Tinker Vs blah blah blah…

    Move out of your parents house and pay your bills with out asking them for a loan till payday.

    Then you can come back and join the adults in coversation.

  • The Sheriff says:

    World needs plenty of bartenders.

    Don’t like your job?

    Quit.

  • The Sheriff says:

    Perhaps we should be paying the students instead of the teachers?

    Perhaps when the employees stop taking career advice from kids, then, maybe, just maybe, their performance would improve?

    If you want to feel all warm and fuzzy inside, I read they are building a muslim mosque downtown, in the ghetto. Go to church.

  • Parent for teachers says:

    The things I hear that have been happening at Ashley can’t stand. Too good of teachers. Too good of students. Too good of a community. Let your school board members know how you feel about what Jackson Norvell is doing to this school.

    don.hayes@nhcs.net
    jeannette.nichols@nhcs.net
    janice.cavenaugh@nhcs.net
    tammy.covil@nhcs.net
    edward.higgins@nhcs.net
    derrick.hickey@nhcs.net
    lisa.estep@nhcs.net

  • Jackson Norvell needs to go says:

    I can’t watch this man ruin our school. The board and the superintendent need to cut their losses. This man has no morals or ethics when it comes to his job. His only leadership style is fear and intimidation. This will continue to destroy the morale at Ashley. Please give the families of Ashley high a respectful and honest leader!

  • taosword says:

    If you are really the sheriff we are all in trouble.

  • Just looked at the survey says:

    Survey question

    There is an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect at your school

    Response
    18.8%

    Not good

    Looked at most of the other schools in the district and could find anything close

    Something is wrong in that building.

  • Tax Payer says:

    I hate to see this as a one school’s teachers versus another, whose got it he worst. Shouldn’t we be aiming to have good leadership at every school so that teachers at each school are able to do and focus on their job? If we have a situation where a principal is thwarting educational goals and not enforcing rules fairly, than wherever the school, we as taxpayers and our kids, our future deserve better.

  • Long time Ashley teacher says:

    I am a little late to comment but here goes. I watched all year as this man tried to scare teachers through placing letters in their files and various other threats. Most of the year he looked like a drowning man in over his head flailing trying to keep his head above water.

    Our school is an incredible place to teach. But this year watching the way this man treated any teacher who dared to speak to them as though they were professionals, I became more and more concerned.

    The thing that put it over the line was how he bullied his female staff members. I know of several who had never had one disciplinary action in their career leave his office in tears. It is not surprising that he finds a way to ship off strong willed teachers he cannot intimidate. I would never stand for my wife to work for this man.

    It’s amazing to see people in the central office protect this absolute failure of a leader.

    The survey makes clear that he is an absolute failure as a leader.

    I hope the board will do the right thing.

  • Teacher who wants to stay at Ashley says:

    I know that myself and other teachers have been sent a message. Get on the blacklist with Norvell and you’re gone. I don’t want to be next but something has to be done. If you know a teacher at Ashley call and ask then about them about the way he bullies his workers. These teachers are not crybabies. Look at the survey. The numbers have dropped 50% under this man!

    http://www.ncteachingconditions.org/results/report/155/63814

    Then look compared to the county. You really want to say that these dedicated educators aren’t sending a message that they can’t send in any other forum.

    http://www.ncteachingconditions.org/results/report/153/63814

  • NH teacher says:

    Working at Ashley is a cakewalk, well I guess Looking at numbers I should say WAS a cakewalk. I know lots of teacher there and the kids they teach. NO WAY that principal lasts a day walking the halls of my school. If you can’t handle Ashley, you better find a new career, buddy.

  • CJ says:

    It is incredibly sad that public schools and employees paid by taxpayers have such low standards. In all other jobs the rest employee-employers relationship is respected. Fairness and laws govern. A boss who manipulates and sabotages his employees evaluations – looses his job! A boss who harasses and intimates his employees – looses his job! Why are our expectations and policies for our school administrates so much lower than the rest of the workplace. It is a slap in the face to all taxpayers – the board is responsible and we are looking to you for protection of our staff, students, and our resources against lawsuits. Ashley’s principal can’t remain.

  • Ashley Supporter says:

    This school administration has gotten so out of hand, along with the superintendents office that the students and parents that support David Rutledge, along with Rutledge himself have the ability to realize this is NOT a coaching issue anymore, this is about the absolute corruptness of a school administration and superintendents office.

    It’s amazing how Eason realizes this, but the self serving parents, students, principals, assistant principals,AD, superintendent, and deputy superintedent that collaborated to get coach Rutledge fired cannot see through the fog.

    Where were these parents and students that slandered David Rutledge when the school board had the hearing? Were they afraid to come in and lie again? This shows that the truth prevails – thus a unanimous decision to overturn Norvell’s recommendation of non renewal.

    Go Eason, we are very proud of you for doing what’s right.

    Thank God some of the students, and parents care more about the school and the school system than their own personal agendas

  • Ballet 4 Eagles says:

    E looking good – hadn’t missed a practice yet. Hes good

  • Not a math scholar says:

    Read your own article. 30 percent say things are OK. 70 percent then say things are NOT OK. Looks more like only SOME want to stay there. This is big and you can’t get any comment from the principal on whose watch this free fall happened? Poor job WWAY and New Hanover schools! And really poor job Ashley principal Norvel.

  • The sheriff says:

    Why are “students” or kids allowed to have comments about a TEACHER survey and or even allowed to express an opinion about teachers or their workplace conditions at a school board meeting of ADULTS?

    Why are Eason Saffos comments even relevant, considering his lack of real world and real life experience?

    More importantly, the teachers, the parents and the students should be thankful that Ashley high school is where it is at and not in some inner city ghetto.

    Bunch of over paid under worked school room sissy cry babies.

  • Beach bum says:

    Agreed! What is up with that?

  • Big Orange laughing at you. says:

    Ha, ha. Very true, but look where you keep hiring leaders from. He left us and he will have your school running like NH in no time. Good luck, you will need it!

  • Ashley parent says:

    Thank you for caring. I hate I missed the meeting and appreciate the effort! I support you!

  • Not the sheriff - thank god ! says:

    Are you an idiot? The teachers take the survey. It is about the school leadership and is the way the state of NC DPI give feedback to the school systems. It is public for EVERYONE in the state to see and for any and all to comment. I think that the kids probably know really well what really goes on in the schools, they certainly know what teachers make them work hard. Which is what this kid seems to want to do? Unlike my boys, god bless ‘em! And why do IOU and that other post keep saying the teachers should stop whining and be glad they don’t work in a ghetto. What? First, it’s a survey to get info, you think they should lie? And, are you saying that at any good school should the teachers and staff should stop working on improving, until our school is in a state where it can’t be fixed, which you seem to equate to all inner city schools. You are not The Sheriff, Upu Are The Jerk!

  • One of the "over paid under worked classroom sissy" says:

    Have you gotten a raise in the past 7 years ? Have you gotten your annual progression for experience over the past 7 years? Because we have not! And I am still busting it trying to educate and raise your kids ! Although, attitudes like yours make teachers everywhere question why we do it. And before you say “June, July, and August”, let me remind you that we work half of June and half of August and only get for the paid 10 months. Idiot !

  • A student says:

    First, why are you putting students in quotes? And BECAUSE WE LIVE IN AMERICA !! We have the 1st amendment! And by “we” I mean the students of the world have it according to the court case Tinker v. Desmoines that my “cry baby” social studies teacher taught me. I would hope The Sheriff, a job charged with enforcing the law, would know this ! Or maybe your “cry baby” teachers were not as good as mine are at Ashley!

  • Ashley teacher says:

    As a teacher I am extremely grateful to the student that spoke up. Apparently he was only stating what a great teacher he had in geometry and didn’t want to lose him.
    What courage that must take.

    I think students standing up for a great teacher is incredible. Especially when “adults” are as dishonest as the principal at Ashley.

    Can’t believe how sad you are to attack the kids right to speak. Thank god you’re not teaching out kids telling them how irrelevant their opinions are.

    The real issue is a school run by an incompetent leader. It’s amaIng that 80% of the teachers are wrong and not the first year principal. Who knows better what goes on in a school than the students and teachers.

  • Amused Reader says:

    I’ve got know dog in this fight, but have enjoyed reading the lively discussion over my lunch break. I am a bit shocked by the angry toward teachers who have, as widely publicized been suffering a salary freeze for years. I don’t know these principals, but with numbers like those, in the business world, we would not out up with bosses like that. Sorry, we do in education.

  • Sofi says:

    These nice people in this forum are trying to have an intelligent debate on the serious issues raised at recent School Board meetings relating to Ashley High School, and you come in here spewing that nonsense to deflect from the real issues and get everyone riled up and off-topic? Please take your ball and go home “sheriff.”

  • NHHS Teacher says:

    I have taught at Hanover for over 15yrs. You guys at Ashley are able to live in a bubble, we wish we could.
    I have heard you guys have list 23 teachers over this year. That’s a true problem. But since Finn left we have lost over 30 and a few hundred students. And by the way we already had 18 fewer faculty than Ashley. And we have 300 to 400 less students. So if you guys want to help out the children of this county. Transfer to New Hanover we would love the help! But I promise you this. Your time at Ashley would seem like a vacation! This I know.

  • we have to speak says:

    What you clearly don’t understand is that the people who are so unhappy are those that have made Wilmington and Ashley High School their home. They have children in the school system, have homes and friends and lives; they won’t just up and move because the grass may be greener somewhere else. It’s not even the pay that we’re upset about. We’re not comparing Ashley to anywhere else; every school has issues. But we have seen it work better so we know Norvell’s performance isn’t good enough. It’s not just a job to us, it’s a commitment to caring for and growing our young people. At graduation, he talked to the graduates about being accountable for their actions…hmmmm. Yet he won’t face this music, which tells me he knows he’s wrong and is simply ashamed. He should be. He’s a hypocrite.

  • Ashley parent at school board meeting says:

    FYI the kid was not complaining… He was advocating for his geometry teacher who was ousted! Get your facts straight before you respond!

  • Ashley teacher says:

    I’ve been teaching 16 years in two different states. The teachers at this school are the biggest crybabies ever.
    If you think it’s bad at Ashley I invite you to try the Durham area! Or Norfolk,Va!

    You guys have no clue! This school is paradise compared to where I’ve been.. Give the administration at least two years before you start crying and whining! As far as the student who’s complaining. If you think it’s bad here try New Hanover High School. Since Finn left it’s a dangerous place to be. Forget the learning environment. It’s dangerous!

    Three other schools to go to if your not happy, and several private schools or just choose another career. But quit complaining that’s all some of you do!! This is by far the Best School I have taught at!
    FYI: James Kenan was offering 5,000 bonus to teach. I bet none of you leave to go there and their class sizes are no larger than 21. They’ll take everyone of you

  • CJ says:

    Nice try, but even the Ashley teachers that kiss _ _ _ to make it through the day, know enough the about the principal tactics and would not defend him. Give him “two years before you start complaining”, you say – interesting that would get this principal through his first contract and invested (stuck) in NHCS. And lastly, your go to Principal is fired NH principal Finn. Hey, there Norvell – welcome to the debate! Please take notes on the issues and not just try and figure out who you will target to get rid I next !

  • Ashley teacher whose not up JN's butt says:

    The survey is a anonymous, single person tool used by the department of public instruction. You know we don’t dare complain in the halls of Ashley. Or heaven forbid to anyone who could run go tell Norvell. If you care about what right versus just “Yes, Sir Mr. Norvell” you are in jeopardy here. And all of us know it. We expressed it in the only SAFE way we could. The teachers I teach along side really care about Ashley and want it to be great, but also need a job. Coach Rutledge wanted to follow Ashley H.S. Athletic Policy and not Norvell’s “do what I say” policy and did you see how much energy and lies they put into removing him? A math teacher wants to hold to the standards and expectations he built his career on, and he gets sent away, dispute having seniority over others in his department and then lied to on the way out. In our halls this past semester we were walking a tough line between speaking up and getting the repercussions or shutting our mouths and paying our bills. I wish I had the guts and funds to publicly take a stand, but I don’t. (And I do appreciate the parents and students who have !). Stop rebuking us like we are in the principal’s office in trouble. We know how great the kids are and the parents, our teachers, staff, we just want it to stay like this and not let one guy kill at great place. If you teach why don’t you see that?

  • AnonAshley Teacher says:

    I question that you are currently a teacher at Ashley High School because if you were you would understand that we are not “complaining” and being “crybabies”, we are desperately trying to save the amazing environment that we have built over the last 12 years. I love teaching at Ashley High School and yes, I have taught in other place that were Title I and posed different issues, but when I started at Ashley I felt like it was home. I knew I wanted to retire from there and I wanted to see me children graduate from there, unfortunately Jackson Norvell has systematically attacked nearly everything great about this school.
    We have always been encouraged to share ideas and create lessons, programs and an environment that best benefited our students as a whole and prepared them for the world. Now we are attacked, both personally and professionally, if we attempt to clarify rapid rule changes (and by rapid I mean changed in an email at 9 am one morning with no prior warning to anyone) or if we try to enforce rules. The Dean of Students and teachers have all been undermined in front of students when it comes to discipline–More than once, I have seen Mr. Norvell tell a student that they didn’t have to follow a county rule and not reprimand a student for swearing or physically and verbally assaulting a teacher. Dozens of us have been ordered to change grades and written up when we refused to do so because it was unethical. The graduation rate was an inflated joke and a slap in the face to every person who work for a diploma in this county.
    I am scared to give details because I know he is reading this and he will attack me if he knows who I am, just as he has attacked dozens of others. We cannot speak up or ask constructive questions lest we be written up, pushed out of jobs or forcibly transferred. At last count we have lost 24 teachers this year–none of which were planning to leave at the being of the year. Our AP program is imploding because he has fired, harassed or driven away so many of the teachers involved in it and he hasn’t replaced them. Every core subject ended the year with long term, unlicensed subs in at least one position and the issues keep rising. If you really do work here, which is questionable because very few of the remaining employees have that much time in, I can only assume that you are a recent hire–meaning that he hired you and therefore treats you completely differently than anyone who has been at this school for years and has created what he is destroying. The reason we don’t just leave is because we worked hard to build this place, both as a staff and a community. We have wonderful students and parents and I, for one, refuse to allow that to be destroyed by one man’s ego and inability to ask for or accept help when he does know what he is doing.
    From the budget, to schedule, to managing students he has proven himself to be incompetent and arrogant. The saddest part of this is that the board and central office clearly back him because they have accepted his recommendations to not renew contracts or transfer teachers when it is detrimental to our school. We now have half a math department, no physics program, we are down 4 APs in history and 1/3 of the English department–so tell me– what good is happening at this school? If you feel that this is good leadership, maybe you should transfer, because we need teachers that care about our kids and will work for what is best for them, and this megalomaniac is not.

  • Ashley teacher supporter says:

    He was trying to bring to the forefront that good teachers are being railroaded! Sounds like you are the one bellyaching!!

  • The sheriff says:

    How wasn’t the kid belly aching again?

  • guest123123 says:

    Eason just lost his meal ticket to the varsity team, that’s all he is upset about.

  • Eason Saffo says:

    I didn’t go to the board meeting to say anything about basketball,l I went to support my math teacher that was sent to another school by the administration. If you want to say something about me put your name on it and get your facts right.

  • Teacher supporter says:

    I think it takes a true coward to comment negatively about a kid who stands up for what’s right! This wasn’t about basketball or coaches, this was about teachers that feel their school does not support them and their teaching efforts, and administrators NOT recognizing that great teachers are being forced out.

  • Ashley grad says:

    This KID hasn’t “just lost” anything! He exercised his freedom of assembly by attending a school board meeting and his right to free speech by commenting when asked about the abysmal Ashley results. Look at them. There is no denying the faith in the leadership is gone and there is no trust the administration will treat people fairly.- and all the evidence is they don’t treat people fairly. You go in demanding they do exactly what you want for you and your kid, and then the administration turns around and bullies some teacher to make you happy – get rid of a coach, move out a tough math teacher – and the other teachers see this They tell the true on the ONLY reliable, unbiased source there is and the results show how two lying families and a weak principal can change the climate of a previously great school in just a few months. AND WITH ALL THESE SERIOUS ISSUES YOU WANT TO ATTACK A 15 YEAR OLD KID ! You are pitiful !

  • Concerned Parent says:

    My son is good freinds with Eason Saffo but did not play on the basektball team. Eason is a good player with a strong work ethic and a knack for being an accountable leader. He wasnt thinking about basketball when he spoke at the school board meeting, he was alarmed by the survey (just like anyone with a little bit of character should) and wanted to bring it to highlight it to the school board and the community. For you to say that about a kid with enough character to stand infront of the school board just shows what kind of character you have. We need more people and leaders like Eason Saffo. I hope Norvell took notes.

  • ACLU member Helen Johnson says:

    It takes courage to speak up, I am impressed, whatever his motivation. However, this standing up and speaking out seems more than just about a game. You, however, sound a bit jealous and shallow.

  • usetawuz says:

    The saddest lol I ever had. Teaching there sucked. So glad I left after 5 years without a raise and my classes went to 42 kids in a class with 35 desks. Only mistake was not leaving sooner. Kudos to AHS teachers for being honest. Can’t possibly see how grass is any greener anywhere else in county/state. What a $#!+ mess.

  • Carolina Girl says:

    I have been at Ashley for a few years – too afraid to give specifics in case JN reads these – and this was a fantastic place to be. Mid-way through this year everything changed. Ugliness, paranoid behavior, suspicion. Dozens of times my colleagues came crying out if principal’s office where as students sent to him come out with s_ _ _-eating grins. It is sad, but it has been a recent change that has made this a scary place to work.

  • Teacher looking around. says:

    Believe me we are looking, and the other results look pretty good. I think Ashley is the stand out. Especially when you account for how high these numbers were for Ashley in just the last survey and last administration.

  • Jane Schmidt says:

    So the parents tried to contact the principal and got no response. Imagine that! Probably out playing tennis with his boss. Maybe discussing a strategy to straighten this mess out like the rest of the issues………put a spin on the story that brushes it under the rug…..Ashley can’t be the only one with troubling results.

  • guesty says:

    “Norvell refused to speak with us. The New Hanover County Schools Superintendent adding the principal didn’t have to talk to anyone about anything.”

    Since he is paid by tax money, he has to talk to his bosses, the tax paying public.

  • Concerned teacher says:

    The comments at the meeting by the young man were about his honors geometry teacher being sent to another school after speaking up to the principal. A teacher who has been at Ashley for over a decade. This is not about a coach. This is about the treatment of a staff of which 80 percent say there is no atmosphere of respect.

    The stories that I’ve heard from teachers at Ashley tell me there is no hope for success from this principal
    The county needs to cut their losses with him before we lose more teachers. There are so many instances of mistreatment it is unconscionable.

    Do not let one person bring down a school.

  • Ashley parent says:

    Jackson Norvell and Markley don’t have to answer to anyone? That is a heck of statement from public servants. Tells you everything you need to know about them.

  • Work with these guys says:

    Arrogance, I work with these guys – you have NO IDEA !

  • Wilmington teacher CH says:

    Across the county the results are not bad. And in many schools like mine we are doing well and our teachers are appreciated and happy. My principal does not control the pay freeze. Everyday, we know we are valued and respected – it’s called professionalism. And our results show that, as do most schools. Don’t cover everything with a broad brush our county is moving up, just because Ashley High’s principal is in the news, don’t belittle all the good around NH!

  • Ashley student says:

    “Some teachers” Wow, 16%, 19%, 28% ! Since I had a REAL math teacher that taught, who has since been run off, I can tell you those numbers are more that “some”. Thank goodness I’m a senior – good luck underclass men. Just let me get into College before universities everywhere know we are a joke.

  • Caroline Johnson says:

    Who is this kid? Totally impressive ! EASON YOU ARE MY HERO !

  • concerned parent says:

    You should hold your head high and your parents should be proud… You have managed to exemplify more leadership and integrity than anyone from this Ashley administration.

  • guest123123 says:

    Ok let’s forget about basketball and focus on the school, teachers,principal and the administration. This school is a paradise as far as other schools in the county, state and country are concerned. This is real life and things happen and sometimes change for the worse. You make the best of it and move on just like in your job or the military or any life situation. Anyone can always find the bad in any circumstances or situations. My son graduated from there and was accepted at one of the military academies. Can’t be all that bad.

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