Principal's resignation lamented

By MELISSA ARNOLD State Journal Staff Writer Published:

A Frankfort High School teacher expressed concern Tuesday over the recent resignation of Principal Dennis Hancock.

World history teacher John Harrod expressed his views at Tuesday's meeting of the Frankfort Independent Board of Education.

"I have been in Frankfort for five years, and I have stayed out of the political wars," Harrod said. "I think this is a great school, and my concern is that we are saying good-bye to the best principal I have seen in my 22 years of teaching, and I have worked with a lot of principals."

Harrod said Hancock has shown honesty and strong leadership.

"I think he is a perfect fit for this school," he said. "A lot of us were taken by surprise with this, and I don't think the teacher and student voices have been heard because the teachers and students are overwhelmingly behind Mr. Hancock."

Harrod said he assumes the matter has been discussed behind closed doors.

"I don't want to see something get started here," he said. "The positive and the good should get equal consideration."

Board chairman Bruce Dungan thanked Harrod for his comments and then the board continued the meeting without commenting on the issue of Hancock's resignation.

"I turned in my resignation last Tuesday and the superintendent accepted it," Hancock told The State Journal Wednesday. "A lot of times things change and tough decisions have to be made and this was one of those decisions."

Hancock has been principal at FHS since the 2000-2001 school year.

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