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Tony Worley

After being suspended pending an investigation into alleged misconduct with students, Lincolnton High School Principal Tony Worley resigned Tuesday and “surrendered any and all professional licenses to be a teacher or school administrator to the North Carolina State Board of Education,” the Lincoln County Schools announced.

The school system did reveal the nature of the alleged misconduct.

“State personnel laws and federal laws protecting student confidentiality prevent the school district from releasing specific information regarding any personnel matter,” LCS said in a statement. “In addition, the superintendent and board of education take student safety very seriously, and Lincoln County School officials work closely with law enforcement to investigate allegations of misconduct involving students.”

Worley, 56, took over as LHS principal in January 2017 after serving as director of secondary education for the system. He has worked for Lincoln County Schools since 2002.

LCS said Superintendent Lory Morrow and her staff “will be working diligently to name an acting principal and/or move forward with hiring a new principal for Lincolnton High School. Human Resources and Central Services staff will be supporting school administration to ensure that effective operations of the school continues throughout the summer months.”

Worley’s resignation comes two weeks after North Lincoln High School Principal Mitch Sherrill was put on paid administrative leave for unspecified reasons.

Anyone with information related to Worley is asked to call Heath Belcher in LCS Human Resources at 704-732-2261 or the Lincolnton Police Department at 704-736-8900.


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