Students support former JHS principal at GCCS board meeting

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 8 at 1:19 PM

(WHAS11) -- By a vote of 4 to 2 the Greater Clark County School Board officially removed former Jeffersonville High School Principal James Sexton from his position. The vote followed the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Andrew Melin, who reassigned Sexton to alternative school, Clark County Middle-High School, but hasn't specifically laid out the reasons for the reassignment.

Sexton brought Jeff High out of academic probation, and a handful of students showed up holding signs and wearing stickers in support of the man they said turned around the reputation of the school.

Melin would only say "concerns" about Sexton came into his office and he launched a week-long investigation leading to the principal's ouster. The actions were not illegal and the superintendent attributed it to philosophical differences.

Melin had mostly praise for Sexton and said he appreciated the students standing up and getting involved but that the decision to reassign is the best for the school board.

Sexton lost an election bid for a seat on the Jefferson County School Board to winner Chris Brady, who defeated three other candidates.

Sexton told WHAS11 this over the phone following the vote:

"Since the day I was appointed by (former Superintendent) Dr. (Stephen) Daeschner to get the school off probation and make it a safer place for students to go to school, I have felt harassed by certain board members, and I am disappointed they have taken the position away after a mere 45 days without a way to defend myself."

Sexton also believes Dr. Melin didn't like his management style and that the superintendent made the move because he is in charge. Melin said the decision is solely his, despite concerns of a conspiracy or behind the scenes back room deals.

 

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