Parents, students fight for Brunswick Co. principal

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — The fate of a Brunswick County principal is uncertain. Plans to discuss the principal’s future were tabled at the school board meeting today, due to board absences.

Dr. Vicky Snyder is the principal at South Brunswick High School. Parents and students were told by Snyder that the Brunswick County School Board was considering either to reassign her or ask her to retire. Steve Beecroft, a member of the Parent Advisory Council, said issues with teachers leaving and low tests scores were named as reasons behind the decision.

“Our kids that are juniors — they could enter their senior year experiencing their third principal in four years,” Beecroft said. “I have never heard of that kind of turnover at that level.”

Beecroft said the board should reconsider because this process wasn’t done the right way.

“Just to come in one day and say, ‘Hey by the way we are gong to go this way at the next human resources development program’ you know it’s a bombshell,” Beecroft said.

Tubb said Snyder’s position is expected to be discussed at the June 1 school board meeting. Two members of the board, Charlie Miller and Shirley Babson, were not at today’s meeting. Beecroft said while he understands the process and that some discussions will be made behind closed doors, he feels parents should be given the opportunity to speak.

“You want the parents here for you, you want the parents support, but when we ask questions, nothing,” Beecroft said. “If you’re going to make a move like this, maybe the parents should have been consulted a little bit.”

Snyder issued a statement saying, “I have been asked to provide a statement regarding comments being made by parents of students in my school.  I sincerely appreciate the support of the SBHS Parent Advisory Council.  I remain focused on the students and staff at SBHS and the important work that lies ahead in the next few weeks.”

Dr. Snyder has a year left on her contract. She’s the highest paid principal in Brunswick County.

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