High Point Enterprise Newspaper Archives Oct 10 1976, Page 77

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High Point Enterprise, The (Newspaper) - October 10, 1976, High Point, North CarolinaIda High Point Enterprise sunday october 10, 1976 text of school Board statement related Story on Page 2a the High Point school Board issued this statement saturday in regard to its action reversing previous decisions on the Transfer of a principal John Russell and a teacher Vicky Pilkenton at the september 20 meeting of the teacher advisory Council hints of unrest in Oak View school Between the principal or. John Russell and the faculty were made known to the superintendent. As a result of this meeting inquiries were initiated. On the evening of september 29, mrs. Vicky Pilkenton came to the superintendent in Confidence and expressed her concern Over her situation at Oak View school. The superintendent advised mrs. Pilkenton that he appreciated her com ing and he would be in touch with her As soon As possible. On the morning of september 30, mrs. Pilkenton was summoned to a conference in or. Rife sell s office concerning her obtain ing a substitute teacher and this resulted in a verbal confrontation which was overheard by others and was seriously explosive. As an administrative investigation of this confrontation was started and was be ing More comprehensively organized the faculty at Oak View school became More galvanized through individual and teacher organization involvement in their repudiation of or. Russell s style of school management. News of the verbal incident Between or. Russell and mrs. Pilkenton spread to the Oak View Community and the resulting inflammatory rumours brought concern for the safety of children and faculty an allegation for which the school Board and Central administrative staff have found no basis in reality. On october 1, the school Board reviewed the situation at length and As fully As possible and reported this and their decisions in the following statement due to personnel matters at Oak View school brought to a head by a confrontation Between the principal and a teacher on september 30, the superintendent and three associate superintendents have investigated the Situa Tion As fully As possible. This in depth investigation has yielded no first hand third party testimony to clarify the sequence or causes of the alleged confrontation Between these Par ties. However investigation of these circumstances has revealed substantial faculty discontent resulting in Low faculty morale and High ten Sion which has further heightened and polarized around this situation and which in the opinion of the school administrators and Board is irreversible and has rendered Good order and the learning environment at Oak View school untenable. In the interest of the har Mony of the entire school and the student learning goals that must be achieved the principal of Oak View school is being transferred to Oak Hill the teacher has been transferred to another school and the principal of Oak Hill school has been transferred to Oak View school. It is believed that these administrative changes will solve these problems and restore during that meeting a copy of a sworn statement was received by the Board for the first time relative to an Inci Dent six years before involving or. Russell and subsequently reported in the Media. This remains the Only documented support for the Many rumours in this regard. At the same time or. John badgers vice chairman of the school Board reported that he recalled having received a letter or a copy of a letter several years ago hinting at similar suspicions for which As he recalls no basis was established at that time. Or. Bridgers also said he had forgotten that Inci Dent until it was brought Back to mind by the present situation. Neither of these pieces of information altered what the school Board Felt should be done administratively at that time and that hopefully with the reassignments designed to cast no differential judg ment As to the veracity of either party involved in the verbal confrontation. Calmness however was not to prevail. Both parties engaged attorneys and publicly discussed litigation As a grievance against he Board for not supporting their diverse claims. The majority of teachers at Oak View school backed mrs. Pilkenton and petitioned the Board to rescind its decision to reassign her. The faculty at Oak Hill school likewise enjoined the Board not to Transfer or. Troy Davis principal at that school to Oak View school nor to bring or. Russell in As their Prin Cipal and these teachers underlined their concern with visits to the administration building. On october 8, 1976, or. Russell submitted a letter to the High Point Board of education with a request that he be transferred to a Posi Tion m the Central office. Considering All these fac tors the High Point school Board and administration have come to the following decisions due to the climate in the school Community at present it is not Felt that or. Rats sell can effectively function As a school principal until the situation surrounding this and prior incidences is clarified so he will be placed in the Central office As he requested. Or. James Barneycastle teacher at Johnson Street school will be installed As acting principal of Oak View school for the remainder of this school year and applications for a full time Prin Cipal for next year will be placed in train both within and without the system. Or. Troy Davis who steadfastly said he would do what was Best for the school system will remain at Oak Hill school As principal. Mrs. Pilkenton will re main at Oak View school. The school Board will continue to be sensitive to matters related to the Oak View situation. Throughout these circumstances the school Board and the superintendent have made Public All the information which was Felt to be confirmed and supportable. The school Board and the school administration have and still prefer to Settle these issues by Calm and thorough investigation with conciliatory action. However if an adversary Mode of action is forced upon the Board by the parties or groups concerned then it is the Board s conviction that this can be Best controlled and managed in our court system. Teen age girl still missing Gatlinburg Tenn. Authorities searched saturday for the second Day for a 16year-pld Knoxville girl missing in the great Smoky mountains National Park. Trenny Gibson was last seen Friday afternoon about a mile from Clingman dome Tower with other members of a school group. Revival Welcome hon., oct. 11 -sat., oct. 16 nightly missionary methodist Church West Burton Avenue evangelist Fred Tyler Hartland . Preaching the old time sat., oct. 16 the play i dreamed i searched heaven for you will be presented. Special singing each service Rev. J. B. White pastor loses 55 pounds finds permanent solution with Conway diet Institute seven years ago mrs. Mary Pittenger lost 55 pounds in just four months. Today she is still slim never having regained any of her lost weight. I followed the con Way 1000 calorie diet and lost an average of three pounds a week. When i reached my goal i started on the Conway forever slim program. It s a very practical approach that really works. I know. I be been thin now for seven years and expect to stay that Way the rest of my says mrs. Pittenger. Weekly insight motivation seminars High Point tuesdays . Lexington Avenue Baptist Church 620 e. Lexington Avenue or Call 883-9872 or 869-6318 Thomasville mondays . 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