The news cycle this week was dominated by troubling events in the New Hanover County School system — including the fallout from last week’s ‘resignation’ of former Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley, a day in court for a teacher charged with putting his hands around a young female student’s throat, and a substitute teacher arrested and charged with urinating in front of a classroom of students (the district later acknowledged that he had been reported and investigated for alleged misconduct last year, but not fired). Three weeks after he was arrested, Roland Grise band director Peter Frank was fired.
Yes, that was all this week.
Catch up if you missed any of these stories:
- Why didn’t New Hanover County’s School Board fire Superintendent Markley?
- Deep Dive: A long hard look at New Hanover County Schools’ arrests, allegations, and administration [Free read]
- New Hanover coach accused of assaulting teen girl gets supervised probation, ordered to stay away from student
- Update: NHCS substitute teacher arrested, charged with urinating in front of students
- Once again, NHCS acknowledges prior knowledge of potential employee misconduct prior to arrest [Free read]
- New Hanover Board of Education fires Roland Grise teacher Peter Frank [Free read]
Thankfully, there was other news this week.
A downtown Wilmington couple reached a settlement after taking a developer and the city to court, claiming that the process for a Special Use Permit had not been followed. It’s a rare victory for a resident in what can often be an arcane process that seems to favor developers heavily.
A complicated story that saw funding halted for the county’s only day center. Officials say the center had accounting problems, but the center’s management says they fixed these issues quickly. Take a deep dive into the issue here.
The massive project has been in the works for years — but ground to a halt over legal disputes between investors and developers. New court documents lay out the facts — we break them down here.
Popular and successful restaurant owner ‘Pops’ is well known in Carolina Beach — but his latest venture ran into trouble. Now, Pops is trying again.