13 November -- Goldsboro, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina principal has decided to retire after school district leaders halted the cash-for-grades fundraiser she approved.
Wayne County Public Schools said Friday that Rosewood Middle School principal Susie Shepherd has gone on leave for the rest of the month and will retire at the beginning of December.
The Goldsboro middle school had planned to allow students to get 20 test points in exchange for a $20 donation. Shepherd says she approved the idea after a parent advisory council presented it as a way to raise money.
School district officials stopped the fundraiser this week, saying no students will get extra credit and any donations will be returned. The district says a new principal is expected to be named next week.
●●smf's 2¢: So much for local control, entrepreneurial thinking and cooperation between the parent council and the principal. Yes – this probably was a bad idea …but it was an idea – certainly on a par with paying students for getting good grades and better than giving away new schools to outside operators. Maybe a student who has invested some money into a better grade will take some ownership of it?
The Wayne County School Board is the winner of this week’s 4LAKids Mark Twain School Board o’ th’ Week Award.
|“First God created idiots; that was for practice. Then He created School Boards.” |
- mark twain
THE HONORABLE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF WAYNE COUNTY N.C.
Back Row: Jack Edwards, Dave Thomas, Edward Radford, John Grantham, and Superintendent Dr. Steven Taylor
Front Row: Thelma Smith, Rick Pridgen, George Moye, and Shirley Sims