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Local principal isn't giving up fight for his job

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This Thursday - the Elizabethton City School Board will meet.

It's likely to be a packed out house because of an on-going dispute between the superintendent and a popular principal.

Almost two weeks ago, parents filled the West Side Elementary school gymnasium after learning Principal Doug Mitchell would lose his job if the Superintendent of Schools Ed Alexander got his way.

The gathering  turned into an argument between Mitchell and Alexander.

Since then, school board members got letters from the superintendent detailing his reasons why he thinks Mitchell should go.

"Each time a set of statements comes out -- we try to provide evidence that shows that those statements are in fact not real not true and it just continues on, "said Mitchell.

The 5 page letter details what Superintendent Alexander calls sensitive issues.

Most controversial, the allegation Principal Mitchell harassed a former West Side teacher for more than 2 years, starting in 2009

Harassment that led teacher to request a transfer to another school.

Mitchell firmly denies the allegations.

"That harassment did not take place," said Mitchell, "and anything that did take place professionally and personally was in fact mutual by both parties involved."

He also cites a lack of evidence.

"And obviously it would be a serious claim and therefore school employees, school administrators would take that very seriously and would make sure they follow the right steps to insure the protection of that individual," said Mitchell.

The letter also criticizes Mitchell for poor work attendance, inappropriate remarks in front of parents, and an inability to cooperate with others

Superintendent Alexander didn't want to comment for this report - but said he'll take up the matter at the Thursday public meeting.

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