Nova Scotia

Principal declines transfer in wake of complaints

A Halifax principal accused of bullying teachers has decided not to take a job at Ecole Rockingham Elementary after complaints from parents.

A Halifax principal accused of bullying teachers has decided not to take a job at Rockingham Elementary after complaints from parents.

Jane Gourley told the Halifax Regional School Board board Thursday night that she was withdrawing from the post.

She said she did not want the "negative attention surrounding her appointment" to affect the students.

Gourley was formerly the principal at St. Margarets Bay Elementary School. Last year, 10 teachers at the school filed complaints alleging they were harassed and bullied by her. The school board launched an investigation into the allegations.

Gourley left her post there 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.

The board then announced Gourley would become principal at Rockingham next fall. Parents there objected to the transfer saying it shouldn't happen until the investigation is complete.

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