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Moore County school board reinstates axed superintendent

Moore County Schools Superintendent Robert Grimesey (Image: Moore County Schools)

It’s been quite a few days for Moore County schools chief Robert Grimesey.

Last week the Moore County school board voted, without explanation, to fire Grimesey, who had been on the job for less than a year.

The move touched off a political firestorm resulting in three board members resigning, Moore County Rep. Jamie Boles filing a temporary restraining order blocking the school board from hiring a new superintendent, and threats of special legislation that would recall the entire school board.

And the community came out in force for Grimesey, buying t-shirts that said #SupportGrimesey and bombarding social media websites calling for his reinstatement.

Last night, the remaining members of the Moore County school board voted 4-1 to bring him back.

“As it has for the past six days, Moore County stands together as one tonight,” Grimesey said following the vote, according to WRAL News. “Not for a man, not for any man, but for its own ideals and its principles. For its economic vitality and its quality of life.”

After the vote, a fourth board member resigned Monday night. Several school board members who initially voted for Grimesey’s firing say it was justified—but because of strict confidentiality laws on personnel issues, they couldn’t say what led to his termination.

Read the full scoop over at WRAL.

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