Hearing set for terminated Huntsville principal

Dr. James Waters (Source: Huntsville City Schools)
Dr. James Waters (Source: Huntsville City Schools)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Madison County Circuit Judge set an August 9 hearing date for former Chapman Middle School principal Dr. James Waters.

This comes at the request of Dr. Waters and the Huntsville City Board of Education.

The school board voted to cancel Waters' contract on May 17. After that vote, Waters notified Superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski of his request for a non-jury, expedited evidentiary hearing.

Filings by Huntsville City Schools include the notice sent to Waters about the cancellation of his contract as well as the reasons for the cancellation. Wardynski's recommendation for the cancellation included:

  • Chapman Middle School and Chapman Elementary School being combined in to one school
  • Chapman Middle School made AYP only 2 out of 5 years
  • 26 percent of students achieved grade level in math, 23 percent achieved grade level in reading

The filing also included e-mails from Edith Pickens, director of Secondary Programs. These e-mails to Waters questioned his decision to leave the school to buy pumpkins on one occasion.  Pickens also e-mailed Waters about an incident in September of 2011 when a teacher reportedly threw a textbook, hitting a student.

Waters stated, in writing, there are no valid reasons or cause for the cancellation of his contract. Waters added his contract was canceled for personal and/or political reasons.

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