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Smith High School Principal Resigns Unexpectedly

11:49 PM, Apr 8, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC - About 30 parents of students at Smith High School attended a meeting held by Guilford County School officials about Dr. Noah Roger's sudden and unexpected resignation.

"My first reaction was 'Oh, Boy!," said Shekita Hayes, Smith High School parent.

"Totally surprised," said Bonnie Cobb, Smith High School parent.

"I'm just shocked," said Serena Raleigh, Smith High School parent. "I'm just blown away. Just all of a sudden he's gone."

Friday, Principal Noah Rogers resigned - effective Monday - without giving a public explanation. Rogers was principal of Smith since February 15, 2006. He earned $141,632/year.

Parents came to a meeting hosted by the district looking for an explanation.

"I just wanted to know why he resigned so soon. Especially on a Spring Break," said Smith High School parent Larry Bryant. "I mean that's kind of odd."

"I just came to see what was going on, I'm concerned about the children, you know and I'm just concerned," said Raleigh.

"I do feel as though we've lost someone very dear," said Cobb.

The district couldn't give the reason for Rogers' resignation because it's a personnel matter but parents like Larry Bryant say the kids deserve to know why.

"You've been with these kids this long, I mean, this is almost, school is almost out. And some of these kids you been with for four years? Wouldn't you want to know? I would want to know. You can't abandon no kid and not let him know what's going on," explained Bryant.

Anitra Walker, executive director of the Central Region and former principal of Northeast High School, will serve as Smith's interim principal.

She will serve until a new principal is hired or June 30th.

School administrators said they're looking to fill the position as soon as possible.

WFMY News 2

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