Newberg school board fires Superintendent Joe Morelock

This is the latest in a series of highly charged and controversial moves in Newberg

Dr Joe Morelock was fired as principal of the Newberg School District on November 9, 2021 (YouTube screenshot)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Another emotional evening for the Newberg School Board as they voted to fire their principal.

Dr Joe Morelock, who was Superintendent for a little over 2 years, was fired without cause in a 4-3 vote by the school board. Morelock was under contract until June 30, 2024. The school board “will give immediate written notice of termination within 10 days.”

The vote to fire Morelock came more than 2 hours after the start of the very busy meeting and ended with board member Rebecca Piros saying it “pained” her to see this happen and that she was “disappointed with the decision”.

“Thanks, Rebecca,” Morelock replied. “Remember that from the darkest darkness comes the brightest light. So everything will be fine in the end. “

Newberg School Board meeting on November 9, 2021 on YouTube

The dismissal is the latest in a series of high-profile and controversial actions that the Newberg school board has taken in recent months.

The Newberg Education Association sues Newberg school district after the school board banned all political signage, including Black Lives Matter signs or any use of the pride flag.

A recent lawsuit filed against the District and four members of the Newberg School Board – David Brown, Brian Shannon, Renee Powell and Trever Dehart – indicates that there have been violations of free speech rights, rights constitutional laws against arbitrary and unequal treatment and violations of federal constitutional laws. due process and equal protection.

It wasn’t until newly elected school board members Dehart and Powell, according to the document, joined with Shannon and Brown in forming a majority to elect Brown as board chair and Shannon as vice chair that he started to be a problem.

KOIN 6 News will have more information as it develops.

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