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Hopewell High gets new interim principal

Dino Gisiano from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools accountability office was named interim principal of Hopewell High School this week, the second since school started in August.

Some parents have complained about the turnover in leadership, which started when Principal Michael Jones went on medical leave. CMS officials, believing he’d be back soon, brought in Ann Ferguson, an assistant principal at Butler High, to fill the spot for a month.

Dawn Robinson, superintendent for the CMS North Learning Community that includes Hopewell, said Jones now needs a longer leave and Ferguson had to return to Butler. Several parents emailed Robinson, school board members and reporters asking that Ferguson be kept at Hopewell to provide stability.

Robinson said Thursday that she still expects Jones to return, but if he can’t, Gisiano is in the district’s “principal pool,” which would make him eligible for the job. He has worked at Myers Park High School, she said.

“Knowing that it’s not an ideal situation to have several principals, we tried to be as sensitive as we could,” she said. “I think things are settled down.”

David Dworak, one of the parents who complained, said families remain disappointed that Ferguson couldn’t stay. The changes create confusion and damage school spirit, he said. “There is a real sense that the air has been let out of our collective support tire,” he said.

Helms: 704-358-5033; Twitter: @anndosshelms
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