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The New Hanover County Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley have filed their response to claims made in the civil lawsuit filed by victims and alleged victim of former teacher Michael Kelly. (Port City Daily photo / New Hanover County Superior Court)

Breaking down New Hanover County Schools’ response to Michael Kelly lawsuit

NEW HANOVER COUNTY --- Claiming several defenses, including statutes of limitation, government and public official immunity, and case law barring punitive damages against government...
Forest Hills Elementary, were the controversial ‘first come, first serve’ Spanish Immersion enrollment program took place. (Port City Daily photo / File)

After alleging discrimination, harassment, and safety issues, NHCS ‘whistle blower’ got demotion, pay cut

WILMINGTON --- A New Hanover County School (NHCS) employee who reported alleged racial discrimination, safety concerns, and a hostile workplace says her grievance was...

Podcast August 10 – Despite false testimony, child porn collector walks free; plus, school scandals continue

We start this week with the latest - and perhaps final - chapter in the long strange story of Justin Brochure. Two years ago, Homeland...
Michael Earl Kelly now faces a total of 55 charges, with offense dates as far back as 2003 and as recently as 2017. (Port City Daily photo | BENJAMIN SCHACHTMAN)

New Hanover Superintendent says jailhouse visit with arrested teacher was warranted

NEW HANOVER COUNTY --- Several citizen groups have expressed concern over a visit by top administrators to former teacher Michael Earl Kelly while he...
One week after the initial complaint, lawyers have added three additional plaintiff to their suit against Michael Earl Kelly, the school board, and school leadership. (Port City Daily photo / New Hanover County Superior Court)

Three more alleged victims join class-action lawsuit against New Hanover County Schools

(Editor's note: This article contains some disturbing material.) WILMINGTON --- There are now six plaintiffs in a lawsuit against former teacher and convicted sex offender...
A group of concerned citizens have asked the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office to look into what it alleges may have been criminal failures to report child abuse. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

New Hanover school employees that are fired, even convicted of felonies, still eligible for retirement benefits

WILMINGTON --- Many assume that teachers and administrators who are found guilty of criminal acts or who are fired for egregious wrongdoing will lose...
Former students and parents of former students from Laney High School say they've been reporting teacher misconduct to Dr. Rick Holliday, former Laney principal and current deputy superintendent for 20 years. (Port City Daily photo / File)

Former students, parents say they reported teacher misconduct to Holliday, board members, up to 20 years ago

NEW HANOVER COUNTY --- Last week, the District Attorney’s office confirmed authorities were investigating allegations that New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) administration and staff...

New Hanover Board of Education abruptly changes position, will conduct internal investigation

NEW HANOVER COUNTY --- For six months the New Hanover County Board of Education has declined requests to perform an internal investigation into allegations...
Dr. Rick Holliday, deputy superintendent for New Hanover County Schools, has announced his retirement. (Port City Daily photo / File)

Dr. Rick Holliday announces retirement amid investigation into administration and staff

Dr. Rick Holliday, deputy superintendent for New Hanover County Schools, has announced his retirement. (Port City Daily photo /Johanna Ferebee)

Podcast June 29 – New Hanover schools, DR Horton, and Carolina Beach public nudity laws

This week: 'disturbing' allegations about New Hanover Schools administration; DR Horton lies to Pender County about water use; and Carolina Beach debates bringing its...