A Lincoln County Schools principal, Mitch Sherrill, has been placed on paid administrative leave. Sherrill most recently was principal of North Lincoln High School. According to information received from Lincoln County Schools superintendent Dr. Lory Morrow, Sherrill has been employed by the county since 2000 and is receiving an annual salary of $113,334.72. His current contract is set to expire on June 30.
Morrow and other members of the Board of Education refrained from giving additional information on this suspension due to it being related to personnel matters.
“During Mr. Sherrill’s absence, Central Services administrators will be at the school while he is on leave to assist and support the school,” she said.
A petition to the Lincoln County School Board is currently being circulated on www.change.orgentitled “Get Sherrill back.” It is currently signed by 49 individuals, with the names hidden. The petition indicates that Sherrill was wrongfully fired and they want him back. It further states that Sherrill “has always been there whenever students needed him, he was more than just a principal, he was a counselor, a friend, a role model, and more. He made it obvious that he truly cared about each and every student every day. Please sign and help us get the best principal this school has ever had back!”
Sherrill did not respond to multiple requests for comment.