Bennett Jones to return as Clayton High School’s principal

Johnston County News

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – Two months after being reassigned from being Clayton High School’s principal, Bennett Jones is returning to his former position at the school.

Johnston County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim Causby made the announcement Monday.

Dr. Causby released a statement Monday regarding Jones’ return:

As Superintendent, I have invested much time reviewing the matter at Clayton High School and the grievance filed by Dr. Bennett Jones.  The individuals handling the investigation acted in a fair and appropriate manner, and, as a result of the review, numerous serious issues concerning the operations at the school were identified. 

After meeting with Dr. Bennett Jones and members of the community, I have reached two separate decisions.  

First, I have ruled against all areas of Dr. Jones’ grievance against former superintendent Dr. Ross Renfrow.  

Second, I have decided to return Dr. Jones to Clayton High School as principal effective Monday, October 14, 2019.  Dr. Jones will be on a probationary basis during the 2019-20 school year with the task of addressing all issues revealed during the review. I have presented him with specific requirements that must be met to my satisfaction. His achievement or lack of achievement of those requirements will determine my future decisions on his employment and assignment.

I am hopeful that Dr. Jones, the Clayton High School team, and the Clayton community can work together to provide Clayton High School students an exemplary education.

Dr. Jim Causby

Jones will resume his position as principal on Oct. 14.

“Jones will be on a probationary basis during the 2019-20 school year with the task of addressing all issues revealed during the review,” Causby said. “I have presented him with specific requirements that must be met to my satisfaction.”

The superintendent also said:

“His achievement or lack of achievement of those requirements will determine my future decisions on his employment and assignment.”

In August, the district announced he was moved to a lead administrative role. Initially, no reason was provided. 

Students at Clayton High School sharply criticized the move – holding rallies to “Bring Bennet back.”

Following the move, then Superintendent David Ross Renfrow announced his retirement.

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