High Point Academy parents face board members at special meeting

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Tensions ran high at High Point Academy in Spartanburg Tuesday when boad members came face to face with a packed room of parents – some were even standing. The meeting came as several administrators were placed on leave, including Superintendent Lori Manning.

According to a letter obtained by 7News through a Freedom of Information Request, Manning was placed on leave while the school investigates allegations of financial fraud and discriminatory employment practices.

high-point-letterChairman Matt Nestberg started the meeting with a statement saying the school “is not in the midst of closing.”

After going into executive session, dozens of parents voiced their concerns amongst eachother about wanting more information from the schools leaders.

Though not allowed to actually ddress the board, parents had varying opinions about the superintendents investigation and were not shy about expressing them.

“Aside from basically standing with her [Manning], I’m asking them – the board – to be forthright with us and tell us what is going on,” said Vince Edmund, who has two children attending the school.
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The school board also announced that board member Sonya Gray has resigned from her position. After more than 5 hours in executive session, the board did not take any actions. Nestberg said the board was waiting on external information and is continuing its investigation.



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