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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover High School principal Todd Finn has announced he is leaving to accept a new position with a school in Henry County, GA. He will remain at NHHS until the end of December, a school district spokeswoman said.

Finn announced his departure in an e-mail to faculty and staff.

“Last night, after a board of education meeting in Georgia, I agreed to spearhead the launching of a brand new learning community,” Finn wrote. “This project will take months of planning and development, and will require me to begin working in my new school community immediately. I will therefore be moving on from New Hanover High School to begin a new chapter in my career at the end of the semester.”

Finn came to New Hanover in July 2011 after one year at West Bladen High School.

“This exciting opportunity to open a 21st Century school comes once in a lifetime for any high school principal,” Finn wrote in his e-mail. “Moreover, it allows me to take much better care of my family as I continue to pursue my doctoral degree. A more suitable situation could not be asked for, and I am grateful for God’s grace and provision moving forward.”

The school district says plans for the new principal of NHHS will be announced at a later date.

New Hanover County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley said he wishes Finn success in his new position, according to a news release. The superintendent cited several of Finn’s initiatives, such as the Freshman Odyssey Academy, improving the school’s dropout rate, and increasing school spirit, as achievements that have improved NHHS under his tenure, the release said.

Finn’s tenure at NHHS, though, has not been without controversy. While some have lauded him, others have been highly critical of his work. In April, a teacher filed a grievance against Finn saying he retaliated against her for complaining about a problem with the heat in Brogden Hall. The district’s human resources department sided with Finn.


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