Lakewood High School teachers stay home in protest of personnel decision

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More than half of the high school teachers did not show up for class on Friday in protest to a school board decision.

Students at Lakewood Local High School in Licking County also left school early too because they said there was a shortage of teachers.

School officials tell NBC4 27 out of the 53 high school teachers were absent because the school didn’t approve the assistant principal into the vacant principal position.

“Basically they are mashing classes together under several teachers it is just kind of chaotic,” said Freshman Connor Betts.

At issue is the school board voted 3-2 not to appoint Assistant Principal Kevin Krier. Steve Thorp, School Board President tells NBC4 he likes Krier, but there were some unanswered questions about him.

“There has been teachers talking about how he does two jobs principal and assistant principal for the past year and a half,” said Junior Aidan Taylor.

Many of the 600 high school student leaving school early had to have a valid excuse said Superintendent Mary Kay Andrews. Parents had to call in and the students have to sign out at the office. They instituted alternate plans with Substitutes and other staff. NBC4 asked a parent about Krier being passed over.

“He should have had that job! He has been here, he knows the students he knows the job, he should have been voted in as the new principal,” parent Becky Jones said.

NBC4 asked Thorp about they teacher’s protest.

“If they are out in protest for the vote, I am personally disappointed that they chose that way. Our students scheduled to take the state tests today. The school district scrambled to put together enough administrators so our student could take their tests,” Thorp said. 

Superintendent Andrews said Friday was an important testing session and testing monitors where there for the students who tested in the morning and afternoon. 

Students tell NBC4 others were grouped together in the auditorium and other areas and little instruction was going on, so they were excused to leave school.

NBC4 tried to contact the teachers representative, Lakewood Teacher’s Association, but have not heard back from them.

One school board member resigned under protest and teachers have not said when they will return to their classroom.

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