Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2022-05-05 12:35:24 –
Versailles, Kentucky (LEX 18) — Students, parents, teachers, and staff began to gather outside Woodford County High School just before 7:30 am on Thursday.
Many appeared an hour before the first bell, showing the support of Principal Morgan Howell. This is a longtime educator who says the manager told him to resign or demote last week.
He says the school is “not going in the right direction” they said.
Howell, a member of the Kentucky Army National Guard, told LEX 18 that “the army may have made me too black and white.” .. When I look at everything measurable, I say it’s not. “
Principal Howell is a sophomore at Woodford County High School, and so far the students and teachers who participated in the protest consider him a success.
“He has done what he needs to do and supports the teachers here,” said senior Michael Chapel. “It’s important.”
According to his parents, Howell is known for his “severe love” approach to discipline, which many appreciate. That’s why they were shocked when they learned that Howell was asked to resign.
“It’s like they’re robbing allies,” Nancy Church, the mother of three teenagers, told LEX18. They didn’t share it. “
We asked Principal Howell to clarify what had happened so far, and he said this started on April 25th.
“I was called to a meeting with the director and told me I needed to resign. If I resigned, the bad reviews and demotion letters would disappear,” Howell said. He says they raised communication issues, but some of their examples happened when he was undergoing two weeks of annual training with security guards. He didn’t want to speculate if his military service was affecting his treatment, but he didn’t rule it out.
“There are certainly some factors that seem to correlate with it,” he said.
Howell said he would accept legal action depending on the outcome of the situation.
Director Danny Adkins declined to comment when we emailed him because of “personnel issues.”
But teachers like Susan Strange say schools deserve the answer.
“Clearly, from today, there isn’t enough way for students and staff to say things aren’t going in the right direction about Mr. Howell and the school,” she said. “It’s very vague and he needs to keep his position on it.”
Strange said he hopes to raise the issue with the school board on May 16.th..