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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  • by NHS. on Nov 17, 2011 at 03:50 PM
    It's funny how people have so much to say when you can't tell who they are!
  • by BHS Location: Pinetown on Oct 24, 2011 at 07:20 AM
    Mr Bunn is nothing but a bully and always has been. Not the good example our kids need in school.
  • by NHS Student Location: Pinetown on Oct 18, 2011 at 06:13 AM
    I believe these comments on this website are completely absurd. You all are bringing in discussions about things that do not have anything to do with the resignations. Sure, there is a serious reason of why the resignations occured, but gossiping about it is not helping matters any. You all want to complain about the administration being a bad influence on the students? Listen to yourself typing rediculous comments on witn.com. I am not defending the administration in any way shape or form, but all of these comments you are posting are doing nothing but showing you are hypocrites. You all should really think before you type.
  • by Read the paper! Pathetic on Oct 16, 2011 at 12:47 PM
    It's a shame that people are going to think that these resignations are a result of the trophy mess. They are separate incidents. Cindy Winstead should be ashamed of herself for backing Donna after what she has done. Then again, after attending the graduation ceremonies, I can see where the loyalty comes from. It is strange that Cindy would publicly support someone that has conducted herself in the manner that apparently the princpal has been caught doing. If Cindy Winstead condones this, she lacks the ethical commitment needed to do her job as well.
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      by NHS Parent on Oct 16, 2011 at 04:29 PM in reply to Read the paper! Pathetic
      Amen!! I totally agree with you.
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      by Your Lost!!! on Oct 16, 2011 at 10:32 PM in reply to Read the paper! Pathetic
      You have no clue. Cindy Winstead was the cause of the resignation. Donna does not do personal favors. I know from the past. She also cares and does for everyone the same, white, black, hispanic, young and old. The people from this community does not like this because they are better than everybody (they are convinced of this).If you think using a school computer for personal use warrants a pressured resignation then you should do your homework and check into the things that higher officials are doing that does warrant a resignation. I agree with you that it is strange that Cindy would support Donna in the public when she has turned over every stone for the last 12 months to get her fired and found nothing except the petty stuff she resigned over. WHAT A SHAME!!
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      by Anonymous on Oct 17, 2011 at 08:18 AM in reply to Read the paper! Pathetic
      I too was surprised to read Mrs. Winstead's comments. I'm sure she knows Donna Moore was not the leader we needed at NHS b/c I was at the same basketball games that Mrs. Winstead was and Mrs. Moore did not EVER attend! Also, Mrs. Winstead had to notice Donna's absence from the Athletic Banquet not to mention other important school events that Donna did not feel the need to attend. She was NEVER a NHS supporter and we are glad to be rid of her. P.S. Mrs. Winstead needs to give credit where credit is due concerning the higher test scores and being a school of distinction...to the teachers who do care for NHS. Go Panthers!!
  • by WiseGuy Location: BOCO on Oct 16, 2011 at 04:59 AM
    Where's the media in regards to investigative journalism? All WITN and the Washington Daily News is doing is "reporting" what the school system is telling them. What's going on at Northside is BIG news folks and we're getting spoon-feed what they want us to know. Somebody needs to step up and do some real journalistic work.
  • by OMG Location: Belhaven on Oct 15, 2011 at 08:47 PM
    Did the Resouce officer get fired is that true. Can anybody confirm this is the best new to hit NorthSide Yet.
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      by Anon on Oct 16, 2011 at 10:41 AM in reply to OMG
      No
  • by Wow Location: Beaufort county on Oct 15, 2011 at 05:29 PM
    Why did the resource officer get fired? Does anyone know?
  • by For Sure!!! Location: Beaufort County on Oct 13, 2011 at 09:10 PM
    Have you ever took a pencil or anything home from work? We all have but it is in fact stealing. Maybe you need to go to work tommorrow and tell your boss you stole from them. Have you ever give your child the answer to a question in school he could not find or help them with a paper when they where in a bind? Dishonesty, you should be ashamed of what you did. The point I am making is everyone does dishonest things not meaning any harm. The fact is, dishonest is dishonest and we all are quilty. Think about all that you do. Now your boss or your childs teacher probably would not say anything about this dishonesty unless you made them mad. This is the case with northsides perfect (they think ) people. As long as you do as the parents request and as the school board member in your district demands then you will be fine. If not then the issue is pushed and here we go. Think about yourself before you post ( I for one am as guilty as you are) then if you really want to change the system for the children then start at the top. You will find plenty there.
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      by Me on Oct 15, 2011 at 06:15 PM in reply to For Sure!!!
      Thumbs up! I agree!
  • by Wow Location: Beaufort County on Oct 13, 2011 at 08:59 PM
    You people are ridiculous. For once, get all of the facts before you bash someone you don't know. The majority of the people commenting have no clue what kind of person Ms. Moore is and have done nothing but make assumptions about her from things outside of her profession or from the trophy incident. Her personal life and business outside of school has so place here. Who are you to judge? I am not condoning her actions regarding the school trophies, but the trophies are not the reason behind her resignation. Think before you speak. More than half of the opinions expressed through these comments people should keep to themselves.
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      by Amazed on Oct 15, 2011 at 04:55 PM in reply to Wow
      I agree with you WOW. I came to the WITN site for another reason totally, and saw this and I am just blown away. I cannot believe people and their wild accusations. I get the trophy thing...but for goodness sakes--get over it. Ultimately, the trophy is just "stuff"--the memory, the record, the win--that can't be taken away. I wish people would get over that. Another thing, nobody is perfect. Everybody up here making such awful comments about Donna...I'm sure you don't know the whole story. She is an educator and has done a good job for years. She is a mom. She is a human. Quit with the witch hunt already. Dragging other schools down, other people, and personal lives...shame on you folks. It sounds like it has been handled. Move on.
  • by discussed AGAIN on Oct 13, 2011 at 04:01 PM
    Folks,its a sad time,when our children cannot look at to their teachers,principals.My DADDY taught us that the principal and teachers were honest people that you give your respect to.They were our role models,well those days are gone!!but on another note,Donna and Mary Beth just got caught doing what the rest of principals have already done,like changing grades for star football player to get into college/think about it!!!I thought you worked hard and earn what you got!!!We need to clean house!DISHONESTLY IS WRONG!these people are setting the wrong example for our children!
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