The New Hanover County Board of Education voted July 9 in open session to hire the law firm of Brooks, Pierce to conduct an independent investigation of the handling of the allegations surrounding former personnel of the district. Jill Wilson, an experienced and well- respected education attorney from Greensboro, North Carolina, will lead the team, which also includes attorney Shana Fulton, a former federal prosecutor. Now that the criminal investigation of Mr. Kelly has been completed, the Board is prepared to examine its past practices and history, most of which pre-dates the current board members’ service.
Board Chair Lisa Estep stated: “The Board felt that there was value in getting an objective, thorough look at our practices and procedures and an understanding of what happened in the past so that we can assure appropriate practices and policies are in place in the future. We value and treasure our students and want the public to know that we take most seriously our commitment to act in their best interests.”
The New Hanover County Board of Education will hold an Interim Meeting on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. in the Board of Education Center, located at 1805 South 13th Street.