High School Principal Resigns

A Beaufort County high school principal, who caused outrage among parents and students when she tried to dispose of the school's athletic trophies, has resigned.

Donna Moore, the principal for Northside High School, resigned effective Thursday, according to the Washington Daily News. The paper reports that there was no reason for Moore's departure.

In July Moore admitted that she gave away about 40 to 50 trophies and plaques that had been put in storage last year. After parents and former students showed their disapproval, the school began reclaiming the awards.

Beaufort County Schools have not announced who will replace Moore.



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A high school principal is apologizing to former students and the community for giving away dozens of trophies and plaques.

Northside High School principal Donna Moore says she gave away about 40 to 50 trophies and plaques that had been put in storage last year. That angered parents and former students who felt their memories and accomplishments had been thrown out, so the school began reclaiming the awards.

Earlier this week, Beaufort County Schools' superintendent released a statement saying all the items had been accounted for. As of Thursday, a handful had made their way back to the school.

"This summer ,which is 2011, no one except for me made the decision to basically to recycle the old ones that we found recently this summer plus a few of those to take here in Washington. I apologize and I accept that responsibility as no one's decision but mine," said Moore.

Moore says they know where all the trophies are and are working to get them all back. She says no pictures and none of the school's first year trophies were ever given away.



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Discarded athletic trophies have been recovered and are on their way back to an Eastern Carolina high school.

It happened last week at Northside High School in Beaufort County, causing some to cry foul.

The school system says after a vote by the high school's School Improvement Team, the administration consolidated the number of athletic trophies on display at the school. A statement says principal Donna Moore chose to discard some of those trophies, sending a number of the older ones to a local trophy shop to be recycled.

"While this action may not have been ill-intended, feelings were hurt in the community," said superintendent Dr. Don Phipps. "Those trophies are symbolic for many people connected to the school and the communities that make up the school. They are reminders of the rewards that can be yielded with hard work and persistence."

Phipps says the issue has been addressed through his office and the discarded trophies will all be displayed throughout the school. The superintendent says the school system regrets the original decision to discard the trophies and apologizes.

The school system couldn't say how many trophies were sent to be recycled.


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