PUMPKIN CENTER – North Lincoln High School Principal Mitch Sherrill has been placed on paid administrative leave by Lincoln County Schools.
“Mr. Sherrill is still an employee of Lincoln County Schools,” according to Aaron Allen, associate superintendent of the Lincoln County system. “Central office administrators are assisting North Lincoln High School’s assistant principals in maintaining normal school operations during his absence. It’s a personnel matter, so that’s really all I can say at this time.”
Sherrill has been employed by the county since 2000 and has served in an administrative capacity at each of the district’s high schools during his tenure. He worked a stint as the assistant superintendent of administration and served as the executive director of the Lincoln County School of Technology immediately prior to taking the reins at North Lincoln High in 2013.
Sherrill is currently paid a $113,334.72 annual salary, but his contract is set to expire at the end of June. While the decision to suspend Sherrill came from Superintendent Lory Morrow, the Lincoln County Board of Education will decide on the renewal of administrative contracts during a special-called meeting June 27.
“All administrator contracts set to expire in this year’s rotation will be brought before the school board for potential renewal at the end of the month,” Allen said. “Mr. Sherrill’s contract is one of those that’s up for renewal in the rotation this year.”
It’s unclear what led to Sherrill’s suspension, but Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam confirmed that his office has not been informed of any law violation or charges pertaining to Sherrill.
A petition has been established on change.org in an attempt to convince the school board to retain Sherrill. The appeal has received 230 signatures in two weeks, with most of those who signed commenting on how, in their experience, Sherrill went above and beyond to provide assistance to students when needed.