Superintendent and school district react to North Rowan High School walkout – Salisbury Post


SPENCER – Rowan-Salisbury Schools Superintendent Tony Watlington says he supports students who protested at North Rowan High School on Friday morning and has gathered some of their feedback for his main research.

The Friday morning protest was a brief strike, lasting about 10 minutes, and made up mostly of upper class students from the school. They made their way to the school’s main entrance holding signs before going inside.

Protesters pointed to the departure of teachers from the school and the continued absence of a permanent headmaster as some of the concerns motivating the walkout. The walkout was supervised by the district, with school administration and district risk management on site.

A statement from the district provided to the Post on Monday said the district supports students exercising their First Amendment rights.

“As a school district, we educate future citizens. Thus, Rowan-Salisbury Schools supports students in exercising their First Amendment rights,” RSS said in its statement. “In addition to the development of academic skills, as part of our directional renewal system, we actively engage students in the development of interpersonal skills and unique life goals so that they leave us equipped to enroll in institutions. in higher education, enlisted in the military, or working in high-paying jobs.This includes students developing leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills, as well as setting goals based on their personal passions. saw in action on Friday.

Separately, RSS Superintendent Tony Watlington said he applauded the students for making their voices heard. Watlington said district administration met with students on Friday.

“It was exciting to see students so passionate about the future of their school,” Watlington said. “Designated Cabinet Members and I met with a group of student council leaders and representatives on Friday afternoon, February 11, 2022, to get their feedback on the qualities they want in their next principal.”

Meredith Williams officially resigned as a director at North on December 31. In response to a request for the tapes, RSS said there are two retired acting directors currently working at North.

The district confirmed that Williams was still working for RSS on a part-time basis as a consultant.

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