By Outer Banks Voice on July 9, 2020
In the wake of the controversial decision not to renew the contract of Brian Matney, the Currituck County Schools has announced the appointment of former Superintendent Allison Sholar to serve as interim principal for the high school.
Here is the July 8 statement.
“In light of the current pandemic and uncertainty of the reopening of school this fall, as well as the students’ best interest, district administration will be placing an interim principal at Currituck County High School. After careful thought and consideration, former CCHS Principal, and former Currituck County Schools Superintendent, Allison Sholar will lead staff and students for the 2020-21 school year as the interim principal. Sholar’s placement will allow a thorough search to be conducted for a permanent successor. The plan is to interview and select the best candidate in the spring of 2021, allowing adequate time for a smooth transitional period between principals.”
Back on June 5, acting on the recommendation of now-departed Currituck Schools Superintendent Mark Stefanik, the Currituck Board of Education voted 3-2 not to renew Matney’s contract as principal of the high school. That triggered an outpouring of support for Matney, including an online petition drive at change.org that collected more than 900 signatures advocating to retain him as principal
Matney supporters also showed up at a June 25 Currituck Board of Education meeting, some of them wearing “We Want Matney” t-shirts, to speak on his behalf in a public comment session that lasted for 90 minutes. A motion made at that meeting to reverse the board’s earlier decision and to renew Matney’s contract failed by the same 3-2 vote that occurred on June 5.
Aside from appointing an interim high school principal, the Currituck school district also has an interim superintendent. Stefanik departed his job in order to take a superintendent post in Ohio. Assistant Superintendent Matthew Lutz is currently serving as interim superintendent.