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School Board calls special meeting to discuss the employment status of Peter Frank

Peter Michael Frank, 47. (Port City Daily photo / New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — The New Hanover County Board of Education has called for a special meeting to discuss the employment status of Peter Frank, the Roland Grise Middle School band teacher accused of multiple counts of indecent behavior with students.

Related: New Hanover County Schools updates statement on band teacher, moves suspension to ‘without pay’

Frank was arrested on January 27 and is still being held in the New Hanover County Detention Center on a $750,000 secured bond. Frank was suspended with pay several days before his arrest and, shortly afterward, moved to unpaid suspension; however, Frank is still being employed by the New Hanover County School (NHCS) district.

“The New Hanover County Board of Education will hold a special meeting Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at the Board of Education Center. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the employment status of Peter Frank. The meeting Saturday will include a closed session, pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11(a)(6), ‘To consider the qualifications, competence, performance, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee; or to hear or investigate a complaint, charge, or grievance by or against an individual public officer or employee,” according to a press release from the school system.

Another special meeting has been called for Feb. 25 as well, but the reasoning for the meeting is not as explicitly mentioned.

“The New Hanover County Board of Education will also hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. at the Board of Education Center. The only item on the agenda is a Closed Session pursuant to NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (1)  (To prevent the disclosure of information that is privileged or confidential …) and 115C-402 (Student records; maintenance; contents; confidentiality), according to the statement.

It is worth noting that the New Hanover County Board of Education has still not released parts of Frank’s personal record to help shed light on the situation, something the board was considering.

“Based on the search warrant documents that were released, and in order to be as open as possible with the public, the Board will be considering releasing parts of Mr. Frank’s personnel file,” Chairwoman of the NHCS Board Lisa Estep said at a press conference last month.


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