Involuntary Teacher Transfers Challenged in Court (Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, North Carolina)
A pretty interesting personnel battle is brewing between a superintendent and two teachers in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in North Carolina. Superintendent Thomas Forcella has attempted to transfer two teachers from Chapel Hill High School to two other high schools in the district. The teachers, however, have taken their cases to court, challenging their transfers on the grounds that the superintendent has no cause to move them. Chaper Hill High School is getting a new principal this year, and the superintendent alleges that the transfers were ordered to try to head off dissention/insubordination by those teachers. The teachers argue that nothing of the sort is found in their personnel files, and that the superintendent’s attempt to transfer them is baseless.
Superior Court Judge Elaine Bushfan said last week that she would make a decision relatively quickly on whether she would grant the teachers a stay until their appeals are heard in a few months. This case has pretty significant implications for school board policy and administrative procedures regarding the involuntary transfer of staff. Superintendents and school board members in North Carolina and across the country should follow this one pretty closely as it unfolds.