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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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