Teachers forced to transfer schools

August 21, 2012 3:08:36 PM PDT
A court ruling has left many at Chapel Hill High School upset that two long-time teachers are being moved to other schools.

On Monday a judge sided with the district, forcing Anne Thompson and Bert Wartski to transfer from the school.

The teachers did not want to leave Chapel Hill High and took the school district to court. While officials made the decision in the courtroom, many in the community have taken to a Facebook page to post their frustrations.

"We got about 35 pages of testimonials. We sent this to the board, to the judge, used those and despite all that, we still got no results," rising Chapel Hill High School senior Norman Archer said.

Archer said he plans to go to UNC next year and major in biology, largely because he took AP Biology with Wartski.

"Fantastic teacher -- probably one of the best in the school, best in the district," Archer said.

Superintendent Dr. Tom Forcella said the move was not about the students, but it was an effort to turn around notoriously low teacher morale at the school.

"I think sometimes parents and students see a teacher from the classroom perspective," Forcella said."There's more to running a school than just the instruction, just the classroom."

The two teachers have the option to appeal the court's ruling, but Wartski told ABC11 he does not plan to, saying that it would be disruptive to the students. ABC11 was unable to reach Thompson.

Wartski will teach the 2012-2013 school year at East Chapel Hill High School, while Thompson is at Carrboro High School.

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