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Campbell plans to recommend a new principal for North at July 25 BOE meeting

A new principal could be in place at North Elementary School following the July 25 meeting of the Monongalia County Board of Education.

“I’m prepared to make a recommendation,” District Superintendent Eddie Campbell Jr. said Monday.

With interviews complete, Campbell said he couldn’t publicly discuss any potential hires until the meeting, which is at 6 p.m. at the district’s central offices in Sabraton.

Following that recommendation, BOE members will get the final say.

The planned action comes after a months-long investigation concerning allegations of aggressive disciplining of special-needs students at the school, otherwise lauded for its academic prowess and international diversity.

Meanwhile, the mother of one of the students said to be involved is suing the Board of Education for unspecified damages.

That’s not the only legal action the BOE and district will face in the matter.

Natalie Webb, the now-ousted North principal whom the district said didn’t report the incidents in a timely and proper manner, will appeal the district’s decision to terminate her contract two weeks ago.

Her attorney, Drew M. Capuder, asserted that neither one of the incidents, which date back to January and last November, were, in turn, reported to his client in a proper and timely manner — as both should have been, he said.

With that, however, Mon’s schools superintendent said, there’s still the matter of the meeting — and the personnel calendar that turns its page during this time every summer.

“It’s important,” Campbell said, “that we get all of our administrators in place before the start of the school year.”

Mon Schools, in the meantime, is cresting a wave this week between summer and that first day of school, which arrives Aug. 22.

The district’s sprawling “Summer Avalanche” enrichment program wraps up Thursday.

And Campbell was spending his Monday meeting with stakeholders and others involved in the creation of The Renaissance Academy — a $72 million, standalone high school devoted solely to science, technology, engineering and math pursuits the district wants to have built by 2027.

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