Principal’s contract renewed; Ashley teacher speaks out

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Amid a flurry of controversy the New Hanover County Board of Education approved Ashley High School Principal Jackson Norvell’s contract for another 4 years. One of the schools teachers tonight though is speaking out.

Jennifer Sugerik had asked the school board to consider new survey results before renewing Norvell’s contract. Early reports from these new surveys show a similar pattern of distrust of leadership and other systemic issues. Norvell has been under the microscope since last year when survey results showed teachers were unhappy at the school. Sugerik says something has to change.

“You don’t want to see anything bad happen to it. It is like you own child you want the best for that and I think many of us feel that it’s not there,” Sugerik said of the school.

Several other teachers echoed the same sentiments about Norvell. Though they wouldn’t speak on camera, some saying because they were afraid or retribution.

Principal Norvell was unable to be reached for comment. Norvell has refused all but one of our requests for an interview.

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