Students, teachers, parents support demoted principals at school board meeting

It was standing room only at a school board meeting Wednesday night. Some attendees had to stand in the hallways in order to listen to the speakers.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- It was standing room only at a school board meeting Wednesday night. Some attendees had to stand in the hallways in order to listen to the speakers. 

Two hot topics were discussed, Booker T. Washington and four principals being demoted around the city, and the conversation got heated. People also wanted to see the iconic high school renovated. 

"This is our outcry for help," said one attendee. 

Over two dozen speakers took to the podium, voicing their concerns over the status of Booker T. Washington High School. 

"The mold, the roof, the slacks falling from what I call the waterfall in the back of the school." 

School board member Rodney Jordan didn't talk about the renovations, but told the crowd there is no discussion to close of change the name of the high school. He says the board is looking at enrollment and specialty programs and will continue doing that over the summer. 

However, the high school wasn't the only hot topic of the night.

Five principals will not be in their position next year. One resigned, and four others could be reassigned.

"What we have been told is because it's low SOL scores. What we have been told is it's low teacher morale." 

The reassignments include principals from Ruffner, Southside Stem, James Monroe, and South Helena.

"You're putting yourself on an island, surrounded by snakes and vipers," said one speaker. "God bless you all to fix the mistakes you made."

A school spokesperson told 13News Now that they are glad the community did turnout to support the principals, but what is done will not be changed.

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