Hopewell principal resigns for health reasons

ahelms@charlotteobserver.comOctober 30, 2013 

Hopewell High Principal Michael Jones resigned Monday because of the health problems that have kept him out of the job since shortly after the school year began.

“I have decided to focus on my health and recovery since I have been on medical leave for two months,” said Jones, who became principal of the Huntersville school in 2012.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will hold a community meeting next week to discuss next steps. Several parents complained about instability after the first interim principal, Ann Ferguson, returned to her job at Butler High. Dino Gisiano from the CMS accountability office took her place this month.

Gisiano is eligible to apply for the permanent job, but he will not automatically get that post, said Dawn Robinson, the zone superintendent who oversees Hopewell. She said she’ll talk to Hopewell staff and concerned community members about whether to immediately launch a search or keep Gisiano in the interim job long enough to stabilize this school year.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at Hopewell, 11530 Beatties Ford Road in Huntersville, at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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

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