Dr. Tim Markley Speaks Out About School Concerns


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Submitted: Tue, 08/05/2014 - 3:21am
Updated: Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:44pm
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — One month and three days after we requested an interview, New Hanover County School’s Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley agreed to an interview.

We started with concerns about Ashley High School and the teacher satisfaction survey that showed most of their teachers were unhappy.

“It’s not a thing where nothing is being done,” Markley said, “but in terms of measuring success it’s not a thing where I can flip a light switch and the light comes on. It’s a process. It takes time.”

Markley says it’s not just about the teacher surveys. He says improved academic numbers have weight, too. Teachers told us the academic numbers are up because they don’t want to let their students down. Those numbers, they say, do not reflect the respect they feel from the school’s administration.

“Well, I would say he’s met with some teachers over the summer,” Markley said of Ashley principal Jackson Norvell. “He had a large group of teachers in last week, and we’ll see what happens when (Norvell) returns.”

We were at that meeting; one where teachers voiced some of their concerns. None of the teachers coming out would speak with us on camera, but they did say the meeting went well. They said they weren’t talking to us, because they feared retribution, even if they were discussing good things.

“I would say if they have those concerns, they should come to us, and we’ll be happy to talk to them about their concerns,” Markley said. “But I’m not seeing the mass exodus of teachers that you’re speaking of.”

He says only three teachers have transferred out of Ashley this year. WWAY has been unable to independently confirm that number.

We asked if he was taking action on those survey results, specifically action toward Norvell.

“I mean that’s a down-the-road kind of question,” Markley said. “It is not a question you ask on the first day students come back in August.”

We asked New Hanover County Schools for information regarding exactly how many teachers have left all of the county’s high schools this year. We have been told we will get that information soon.

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24 Comments on "Dr. Tim Markley Speaks Out About School Concerns"


Speak
2015 years 8 months ago

1. Dr. Markley is fine waiting for the school year to begin because often the sheer momentum forces us to focus only on getting the work done. He hopes this will be marginalized and soon forgotten. SO DON’T LET OUR VOICES FADE. KEEP TALKING!

2. Parents and staff: email and call our Board Members. The newer members especially are interested in hearing from us. THEY NEED REASONS TO MAKE CHANGES.

3. Students: your voices are so important! You have an opportunity to help change our school for the better. You cannot and will not be penalized for speaking up. We, your teachers, will always support you. Do you really want a school where rules aren’t enforced, where those who do nothing get the same grades as those who work hard, and where your principal doesn’t care to know you? It may seem like the majority of the student body relishes apathy, that those who care are in the minority, but it is actually the other way around. I know you to be intelligent, passionate, and driven. It is scary to step forward and speak, but you will be surprised at how many will also step with you. Your voices will carry further because they are unspoiled by politics, money, and power. If it is in your heart, SPEAK.

Guest2020
2015 years 8 months ago

You make some excellent points. I wouldn’t put it past the superintendent to be putting it off for just that reason. People need to be like those persistent and annoying yappy little dogs that never shut up. Keep at it and make them listen.

Another poster talked about being at that workshop for this. It sounds like a joke that was put together just to have the appearance of doing something. The worst part about this is that when it comes right down to it, the kids are the ones who suffer because the adults who can affect a change refuse to do so.

Concerned Citizen
2015 years 8 months ago

The administration and school board has had months to rectify the situation at Ashley. They have ignored it. The situation will only get worse. A leopard does not change his spots. Remember, the staff at Ashley, what is left of it, is composed of people who do not tell the truth.

Missing Comments
2015 years 8 months ago

I’ve been checking in on this story, and I’m trying to figure out why some comments have been deleted. Nothing in the Comment Policy says anything about deleting comments without cause, and the comment in question was well presented, did not include anything abusive or inflammatory, and to the best of my knowledge was entirely factual. I am extremely disappointed in WWAY for removing this comment, while other comments on other stories have remained even in cases of abusive language, outright falsehoods, or personal attacks.

According to the comment policy linked above, all comments are moderated prior to being approved. As the comment in question had apparently been approved, since it was live on the site, I would love an explanation as to what part of this comment caused this obvious censorship, or what outside factors or influence led to its removal. The disclaimer clearly states that comments are the opinions of those people posting them, and not the views or opinions of WWAY, its management or employees, yet the removal of a previously published comment without explanation would certainly seem to be based on the opinions of WWAY staff or management.

Make it right. Either explain the reason for its removal, or restore the comment.

anonymous
2015 years 8 months ago

Please address this asap.