Parents from Ashley High School are concerned about the principal's leadership. A recent teacher working conditions survey revealed a disconnect between teachers and the administration at Ashley.
"I mean it bothers and concerns me because upset teachers are upset students. If the teachers are working under a stressful environment, then the children are going to be under a stressful environment and that leads to failing grades," said Ashley parent Armien Fleming.
Principal Jackson Norvell addressed the negative feedback for the first time Tuesday afternoon and is promising improved conditions and more communication with teachers; however, some Ashley teachers have said they are afraid to give honest feedback about Norvell, because they said he is a vengeful person. Norvell denied those allegations.
"His comments of the teachers are not telling the truth clearly indicates what type of relationship he currently has with his staff. In my opinion he's calling the teachers liars," Ashley parent Joelle Pfohl commented.
Pfohl said that she isn't convinced Norvell has the ability to be the leader Ashley High School needs. Fleming agrees.
"He should be held accountable. He should not just hit with the cliché answers. He should stand on what he's supposed to do and if he doesn't, he's removing himself really," Fleming explained.
Ashley parent Carl Williford said Norvell can't fix the problem if he doesn't acknowledge it.
"I think it's clear that he doesn't need to be leading that school if he can't see that there's a problem," Williford noted.
Pfohl went on to explain her disapproval for Norvell's personnel decisions.
"Why are we losing the teachers who seem to be challenging our students the most," Pfohl said.
Several parents said they want to see the School Board and the Superintendent get more involved with the situation at Ashley.
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