Still no hire for Shining Rock school director position

Six weeks after a set of grievances were filed against a Shining Rock Classical Academy administrator who appeared to be a leading candidate for the vacant head of school position, that position still remains empty.

The grievances, filed by three parents, alleged improper disciplinary procedures by Interim Head of School Joshua Morgan.

Shining Rock hiring decision will have to wait

The search for Shining Rock Classical Academy’s next head of school will continue, after the board took no action following a short closed session to discuss personnel earlier this evening.

A hire was widely expected tonight, and many expected it to be Interim Head of School Joshua Morgan. On May 8, then-Board Chair Anna Eason said, “We would hope to have a decision made at the next meeting, but if we need more then we will take time to get more because again, we want to get this right.”

Grievances filed against Shining Rock interim head

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories on Haywood County’s public charter school, Shining Rock Classical Academy, which has been beset by a host of academic and organizational problems since opening in 2015.

As Shining Rock Classical Academy now searches for its third head of school in just four years, Interim Head of School Joshua Morgan has emerged as a leading candidate for the job.

A group of concerned parents don’t think Morgan should be the next head of school, or even working in education at all. They say he’s a bully with anger management issues who physically intimidates students and recently placed one in a martial arts hold.

Shining Rock head of school fired

Barely a year after he was hired, Nathan Duncan is out at Shining Rock Classical Academy.

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