Monday, April 22, 2024

Podcast February 8 – We need to talk about Markley (but also Wave, water, and more)

The big news this week was the departure of Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley from the New Hanover County School district.

Officially, Markley and the Board of Education reached a mutual separation agreement, with the board paying around $226,000 in order to end Markley’s contract early and avoiding a wrongful termination or breach of contract suit that could have cost the district far more.

Unofficially, it seems clear that this was the price the board was willing to pay the address the public’s (and perhaps their own) lack of faith in Markley, who oversaw an administration rife with sexual abuse, civil rights violations, harassment, and intimidation.

Does this ‘fix’ things? Will it be enough to repair the public’s broken trust in the schools? We get into it.

Before we get to that, though, first we tackle a serious shake-up at Wave, and the politics behind efforts in Brunswick and New Hanover counties to install reverse osmosis filters in schools.

[Note: We get it — if you want to jump right to the discussion of Markley’s ‘resignation,’ it starts at the 21:00 mark.]

If you missed any of these stories, you can catch up below:


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