First day back for Clayton High School’s principal

Johnston County News

CLAYTON, N.C. (WNCN) – After more than two months of controversy, Clayton High School will welcome back its principal.

Bennett Jones was reassigned away from Clayton High School in August to an administrative role within the Johnston County School system.

Initially, no reason was provided but later it was revealed accusations of grade fixing led to an investigation.

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.

Johnston County Schools Superintendent Jim Causby announced Bennett’s return Oct. 7.

Bennett posted a letter to Clayton High’s website Sunday acknowledging that emotions would run high Monday.

“I recognize that tomorrow will be emotion-filled for many of our students and staff members, and honestly, it will be for me as well,” Bennett wrote.

Jones declined an on-camera interview with CBS 17 but sent a statement on his return that said in part:

“I recognize that there is a need to heal wounds in this community and district and I am confident in my abilities to assist in those endeavors. I am committed to help bridge gaps that may exist so we can have a united community and moreover, a united school system.”

Bennett penned a statement which can be read here.

CBS 17 reached out to Causby to find out exactly what issues he identified within Clayton High School, but we have yet to hear back.

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