Almost three weeks after parents protested the mandatory transfer of 20 teachers from J.E. Turner Elementary School, an advertisement for a principal at the school appeared on the Mobile County Public School System’s website.
The system posted a job opening for a principal at J.E. Turner June 19, but when asked about posting today, MCPSS Public Relations Supervisor Nancy Pierce said, “there is no vacancy at Turner.”
When asked about the listing, Superintendent Martha Peek reiterated the fact the position was not vacant.
“As the planning process moves forward for the upcoming school year, all of the advertisements listed on the website provide options for staffing considerations,” she said.
However, the listing can still be seen on the website among other job openings.
The confusion adds to the ongoing saga at J. E. Turner, which began after a majority of the teachers requested to transfer from the school.
On June 2, around 100 parents, educators and students met at the Semmes Community Center to protest the multiple transfers, which according to the AEA, had been changed from voluntary to mandatory by the system.
At the protest, several former teachers detailed problems with Principal Missy Nolan both at Turner and her previous school, E.R. Dickson Elementary School.
Parents also took issue with the school system changing several teachers’ transfer requests from voluntary to mandatory.
Members of the Turner faculty also appeared before the Board of Education June 19 to discuss the issue and announce the filing of a class-action grievance against Nolan.
The teachers have been encouraged not to speak with local media, but one representative did say they would be back to speak before the Board at its meeting July 2.
The details of the position opening listed on the website can be seen below along with a copy of the grievance filed by teachers at J.E. Turner.