NHCS Superintendent Tim Markley resigns

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — After a five hour closed session meeting, the New Hanover County Board of Education announced they are accepting the resignation of Superintendent Tim Markley.

This comes days after frustrated residents yelled for his resignation following news of Peter Frank’s arrest for indecent liberties with a student, the third teacher arrested in about a year and a half.

The school board is asking for additional funding to hire two investigators to review all personnel files.

They are asking for funding to input more cameras and surveillance materials in hallways.

All staff is receiving mental health and first aid training.

“We say we are sorry to our students, families and community,” said School Board Chair Lisa Estep.

The School Board is paying Markley $195,000 to leave and about $31,000 in vested benefits.

Markley released this statement:

“It has been my privilege to serve New Hanover County Schools for the last decade. I am proud to say that numerous accomplishments have been made. During this time, the district’s graduation rate has increased to the highest level ever. Our schools are among the best in the state, and our students continue to thrive academically, leading the region and strongly competitive throughout the State.  

In 2014, the public-school community passed one of the largest bonds in the district’s history by an overwhelming margin. Specialty programs have been created to provide choices for parents. Through the establishment of the International School at Gregory, NHCS now offers Spanish and Mandarin Chinese Immersion for Grades K-8. SEA-TECH – the region’s only vocational-focused school in partnership with Cape Fear Community College – is in its third year. NHCS worked with local law enforcement and judicial leaders to create the first School Justice Partnerships in the State, which is now helping other districts to establish their own.

It has been an honor to serve New Hanover County Schools. I have been most fortunate to work with some of the finest educators in the state. I wish the Board and everyone the very best.”

WWAY’s Sydney Bouchelle is at the meeting and will have the latest tonight.

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