Nova Scotia

Principal bullying complaints alarm parents

Some parents at a Halifax elementary school are worried about their incoming principal, who was removed from her old school after teachers there complained.

Some parents at a Halifax elementary school are worried about their incoming principal, who was removed from her old school after teachers there complained.

Last year, 10 teachers at St. Margarets Bay Elementary filed complaints alleging they were harassed and bullied by the principal, Jane Gourley.

The Halifax Regional School Board launched an investigation and reassigned Gourley to Rockingham Elementary.

But parent Alison DeLory says the board should finish its investigation first.

"We're worried that if her former teachers felt that she harassed them then teachers at our school may come to feel the same way," DeLory told CBC News.

"So in their interests and in the interest of our children, we'd like to see the investigation concluded before she's named the principal of any school."

Doug Hadley, a school board spokesman, said the board believes in Gourley's leadership abilities. He urges parents to be patient.

"The parents should take the time and get to meet her and form their own opinions before they draw conclusions about what she may or may not have done or about her abilities to lead the school," he said.

Gourley left her post at St. Margarets Bay Elementary on May 24. The board accepted her request to leave the school early and finish out the year in an office at the board's headquarters in Dartmouth.

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