Lynchburg, VA - Parents and students packed the Lynchburg City School Board Tuesday to support a school principal. The PTO President at Dearington Elementary School says Principal Terrie Haley's job is in jeopardy. She says school administration has given Haley two options: step aside or take a teaching job.
The School Board is being tight-lipped on this. Two board members could not confirm nor deny anything about Haley's role as principal at Dearington, also citing these sorts of issues as private, personnel concerns. But, one peek inside Tuesday night's school board meeting and it is clear that the Dearington community doesn't want to see their principal go.
Wall to wall people is not a typical sight at a Lynchburg City School board. Most showed with one concern on their mind: Dearington Principal Terrie Haley deserves to keep her job.
"The question again I ask you is, 'why are you asking for her resignation?'" said Jacqueline Britton.
Kimberly Brown's 19-year-old son was Dearington educated. He lives out of the area now. But said this to his mom when he heard the news: "He asked me, 'Mom, what can I do to keep her in Dearington?'"
According to the School Board agenda, Dearington was slated to present its School Improvement Plan to the School Board on this night. Terrie Haley herself showed up to lead the school's presentation. Supporters set up a grand entrance for her.
Haley did not comment on her job status. She stuck strictly with the agenda item.
"The DESI team and family are present tonight to focus on our school improvement," said Haley.
Haley declined to speak with ABC 13. But, what she didn't say others did. There's concern after eight years as principal, Terrie Haley may be forced to step aside.
"To lose such a great principal such as Principal Haley, it is a detriment to the entire community," said Kelly Brown-Hampton, PTO president, Dearington Elementary.
This story is very much still developing. Be sure to stay tuned to ABC 13 News for details. The spokesperson for Lynchburg City Schools said she did not know about the issue. A petition has started in support of Haley.