Parents React After Greene County Principal Resigns

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

April 6, 2006

It's a story we first brought you last August: there were some Greene County high school students and their parents unhappy with the school's principal. Now the principal is gone and some parents say they're relieved.

Dr. Lorraine Crawford resigned after three years as principal of William Monroe high school. She left behind questions over how effective a leader she was. Tiffaney Sims-Fielding 's 16-year-old daughter attended William Monroe. She says their looking forward to the change in leadership.

"The overall feeling is a sense of relief throughout the community...we believe it's a step in the right direction," said Sims-Fielding.

Sims-Fielding started the group 'Greene County Parents Must Speak Out' last year hoping to grab the school board's attention. They claimed Dr. Crawford acted rude and unprofessional at times.

"There were many active parents calling in leaving complaints," said Sims-Fielding.

Despite the criticism, school leaders backed Dr. Crawford and said she was an effective leader who among other things helped increase their standard of learning test scores last year. Greene County Superintendent Dr. Ray Dingledine says she left for a promotion in another city, not because of any backlash.

"We very much appreciated everything she accomplished here, she was very much an instructional leader and definitely made a positive difference at that high school," said Dingledine.

Sims-Fielding disagrees, but like Dr. Dingledine says she's done with the negative. Instead, she's looking forward to what she hopes will be a positive change.

"There will be no longer a need to speak out, our goal was to achieve common courtesy and respect and we feel that we can move forward from this point," she said.

Right now, Debbie Brown is acting as interim principal. School officials say they hope to hire a permanent principal by July 1.

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