Two weeks after placing former J.E. Turner Elementary School Principal Missy Nolen at the head of the Envision Virtual School, the Mobile County Public School System was surprised to learn the administrator had accepted a job with Thomasville City Schools.
Linda McGhee, Thomasville’s Chief School Finance Officer, confirmed Nolen had accepted a position as the system’s Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology as of July 11.
An administrative assistant for the MCPSS department of human resources couldn’t confirm if the position was vacant but did say, “The board will meet (July 16) at noon. We should know more after that meeting.”
According to the MCPSS website, the position of principal at the Envision Virtual School is currently listed as unfilled.
Lynn Huey has since been named as the new principal at Turner, though the school’s website lists that position as unfilled as well. Huey previously served as the national project director for MCPSS Talents Unlimited.
Nolen ran into trouble after 20 teachers at Turner requested transfers from the school after reporting problems with the administrator. Educators at her previous school, E.R. Dickson Elementary, also echoed those concerns.
The situation culminated June 2, when more than 100 parents, educators and students met to protest the transfer of the teachers, which according to the AEA, had been changed by the system’s administration from voluntary to mandatory before they were approved. Since, allegations of the system of retaliating against parents from Turner have been made, but not substantiated.
At a previous school board meeting, Executive Manager of Human Resources Bryan Hack said time July 16 had also been set aside for mandatory transfer hearings.