The Davidson County Board of Education announced several new assignments of principals for the school system during a special called meeting at the central office on Thursday afternoon.
Jonathan Brown was named the new principal at North Davidson High School. He is currently the principal at Yadkin Valley Career Academy.
Angie Kiger, current principal at North Davidson High School, was named the principal at Northwest Elementary School.
School board member Neal Motsinger voted against this motion, but it was carried 3 to 1 in favor of the reassignment. Davidson County Board of Education member Brian Feezor was not present at the meeting because he was out of town.
“It is not in any way a reflection of how I feel that you will do your duties at Northwest. I feel confident you will,” Motsinger said. “I believe if this board is going to hold you to board policy 4.1.1 that my fellow board members should read that policy and make sure that they adhere to that policy also.”
Davidson County School board policy section 4.1.1 refers to the selection and recruitment of personnel, including policies on general procedures, recruitment, criminal background, qualifications, nepotism and employment procedures. Motsinger did not elaborate on which section of the policy to which he was referring.
After the meeting in a telephone interview, Motsinger explained which part of the policy applied to Kiger's move from North High to Northwest Elementary. "Specifically what applied to Mrs. Kiger was the nepotism policy," he said. "She has a sister that teaches at North. The first gripe I had with this whole thing is I blame a lot of this on our former superintendent and our former HR director. Our former HR director claimed she did not realize Angie's sister taught at North because they did not have the same last name. And typically our former superintendent would call someone on Monday afternoon to tell them they should be at the board meeting that night because they were being moved. The former superintendent should know the policy and should have allowed more time before she decided to make a move.
"If you read policy 4.1.1. specifically in (section D) paragraph B, I think if anybody reads that they will realize what is going on.
"Mrs. Kiger has been at North maybe five years ... that is another thing that bothers me. It took five years to figure this out? When the motion was made to move her and they got a second, my comment was I am voting no on this move. It is not a reflection on how she has done the job. I've had two daughters at North. I have no complaints, no gripes with what she did at North. ... It was the biggest high school while Mrs. Kiger was there. In my opinion, she did a great job."
Motsinger also noted he recused himself from a vote while serving on the board when his wife was hired by the board to be treasurer at Midway Elementary.
"Board members are not above this policy," he continued. "They should follow it also. She (Mrs. Kiger) never considered asking her sister to leave. She decided she would."
Other administrative moves include, Marivee Miles was named the principal at Friedberg Elementary School. She is currently serving as the principal at Northwest Elementary School.
Melissa Glover was named the new principal at Ledford High School. She is currently the principal of Davidson County Early College.
John DiBonaventura, current principal at East Davidson High School, was named the new principal at Midway Elementary School.
April Willard, the current principal at Midway Elementary School, was named the assistant superintendent director of elementary education and federal programs in May.
Chris Johnston, current principal at Ledford, was named executive director of operations. Travis Smith, current executive director of operations for Davidson County Schools, was named as the new assistant principal at Friedburg Elementary School.
These administrative appointments will begin July 1.
Also during the meeting, the Davidson County School Board of Education approved the annual contract for school resource officers with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department.
At the prior meeting on June 4, school board members had expressed concerns about a part of the contract that stated in the event the SRO is temporarily unavailable the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office will provide a replacement officer, whenever possible.
Smith, executive director of operations for Davidson County Schools, said the county commissioners and sheriff’s office agreed to take out “whenever possible” and has created a system to assure resource officers are available.
“Now when a school resource officer is not available, the sheriff’s office has created a “sub” list and someone from the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office will come and replace them," Smith said. "It is a great change to the policy. It keeps our schools safe, but it also allows outside officers to learn more about our schools and become more familiar with them.”
The total cost of the contract is $911,761 in salary allotments and transportation expenses for 14 SRO officers. The school system will pay half of this cost for SRO officers at the high schools, while a grant would pay for the positions at the middle school. These SROs will also be responsible for serving the elementary schools in their designated areas.
Sharon Myers can be reached at (336) 249-3981, ext. 228, or at email@example.com. Follow Sharon on Twitter: @LexDispatchSM. Lifestyles Editor Jill Doss-Raines contributed to this story.