Dothan High School principal fired by school board

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

It was a unanimous vote in under 30 minutes.

Andrew Sewell is fired as Dothan High School Principal.

“My recommendation was based on the fact that Mr. Sewell was arrested, he is being charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, that's the reason that I made the recommendation that I did to the board tonight,” says Dr. Sam Nichols, Superintendent of Dothan City Schools.

Here’s a look at some of Dr. Nichols reasons for his recommendations:

*Immorality
*Duties & Responsibilities' Failure
*Failure to Comply with Board Policy
*Failure to Satisfactorily Perform Duties

Nichols says Dothan High is a great school and this bump in the road won’t detour that.

But, students like Sarah Caskey believe differently.

"I think it is very unfortunate and Dothan High School has such a bad reputation and we just need one more thing out there to show us that we're a bad school and its not a good situation,” says Sarah Caskey.

Caskey is a senior and it seems the principal’s office has been a revolving door since her first year at Dothan High.

“I am a senior and I have had four different principals and he was the third and we need to eliminate some of the rif raf and some of the bad administration," says Sarah.

Tenth grader Jacori Thomas says, firing Sewell is not the answer.

"Everybody deserves a second chance you that's humiliating for that to be like that but a good principal should stay,” says Jacori Thomas.

But school board members disagree, and Nichols says he is optimistic about the future.

Nichols says Sewell has a ten day window for an appeal.

He would then go to circuit court of Houston County if he did choose to appeal

Assistant principal Matt Humphrey will continue to fill in for the remaining school year.

Nichols says the search for a new principal will take place during the summer.


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2010 at 05:13 PM
    you all can say what you want but he was a cool principal and there was nothing wrong with the guy. I believe he didn't do it and everyone that believes things like that without the most solid of proof, well then we know not to spread rumors with you all around now huh? Then again that makes most of you gullible to fall for anything. In short, unless proven that he did do such a thing don't be so quick to judge all the time. I went to Dothan High School and even though it may not be the best place he was a great principal. Nobody there likes Humphrey heck I even seen some parents that don't even like him. So yeah Sewell shouldn't have been fired at all.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 21, 2009 at 09:25 AM
    2010
  • by Mike Location: Dothan on Mar 11, 2009 at 05:39 AM
    We all need to wake up in smell the coffee. He properly did this before and the school board didn't know about it or the case was sealed.The school board needs to hire someone not from dothan. In when they hire the next principal they need to do all the background checks there is.Maybe the school board learn a lesson from this.
  • by Kat Location: Enterprise on Mar 10, 2009 at 04:52 PM
    My kids went to Dothan High and it wasn't the greatest then, but now...WOW! I am shocked that anyone would want someone in any kind of office supporting children that would have relations with a child. I think the revolving door will stop with Mr. Humphrey. He is a good man with a wonderful example to follow (his father). I am not related to them in any way, but have known this family and know them to be honest, hard working, loving people. I know that he is in this career for the kids.
  • by Betty Location: Cowarts on Mar 10, 2009 at 02:06 PM
    The board sent a clear message of 'No Tolerance' with regards to inappropriate behavior between an adult school/government official and the students we are legally obligated to protect. School official are government employees, held to a higher level of responsibility, which must be practiced daily with deligence and prudence. The board acted out of responsibility to the public at large, as well as the student body of Dothan High School. Even without a trial, there is a responsibility for the safety and emotional well being of the students, which is the prime concern for the board as well as any parent.
  • by Nancy Location: Dothan on Mar 10, 2009 at 08:47 AM
    Re: firing of DHS Principal What has happend to innocent until proven guilty? Suspension, definitely yes, but fired before trial?????
  • by Yvonne Location: Dothan on Mar 9, 2009 at 08:37 PM
    I am glad to see him go. He is an adult, who knew better. He is an important figure for the students today to look up towards. How can they look up to him when he has made a very unwise decision? Dothan High needs strong leaders to teach the students and to lead them into this world. Some students do not have a father figure and looked up towards him. How does that make them feel? A simple sorry can not make up for what he has done. Hopefully, Dothan School System can pick a new role model for the students of the future.
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