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Board mum on possible firing of principal

Halifax Regional School Board spokesman Doug Hadley isn’t confirming ordenying a release issued Thursday saying board staff is recommendingthe firing of a local junior high school principal.

Halifax Regional School Board spokesman Doug Hadley isn’t confirming or denying a release issued Thursday saying board staff is recommending the firing of a local junior high school principal.

The Council of African Canadian Education and the Black Educators Association of Nova Scotia issued the joint news release about a press conference they’re holding Friday at 1 p.m. regarding principal Ken Fells, who has been on administrative leave since March 3 after an incident at Graham Creighton Junior High School in Cherry Brook.

The release says Africian Nova Scotia educators and community groups are “outraged” at the recommendation by board staff to terminate Fells, something Hadley wouldn’t comment on.

Hadley also wouldn’t disclose details behind the incident, but the release issued said it involved Fells, a student and an altercation between them. The release alleged the student “physically confronted” the principal, which led to a confrontation.

The RCMP were called to the school for what has been reported as a possible assault.

“It’s a personnel matter and I can’t confirm or deny what the recommendation would be going forward to the board,” Hadley said.

“We’ve acknowledged there was an incident on the day in question but we have to remain neutral in terms of presenting that information to the board so they can make an informed decision without having been swayed one way or the other.”

Hadley added it would be the elected board voting and deciding the fate of Fells.

 
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