Students in Wales protest over teacher's lack of a contract

Students protest in Wales

WALES, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A decent amount of students (60-80) from Oak Hill High School in Wales are protesting the school's decision to not renew the contract of a new teacher, Mrs. O'Brian

Students have gathered in the parking lot outside of the school.

O'Brian is considered by the protesting students as a good fit for the school, someone who works hard and goes the extra mile.

When NEWS CENTER contacted RSU #4 Superintendent Jim Hodgkin he replied that the situation is a "personnel matter."

Students will be allowed and expected to return to school tomorrow.

A public hearing/school board meeting is planned for Wednesday, April 12th, at 6:30 p.m., in the Oak Hill High School auditorium.

School Board Chairman Josh Bisson on Tuesday afternoon released the following statement:

“Today, a group of students from Oak Hill High School exercised their right to free speech regarding a personnel matter at the school. While personnel matters are sensitive and highly confidential we appreciate the passion that our student body has to support our educators. In turn, our district welcomes meaningful communication from all parties. To support that philosophy, our district leadership will be sitting beside me as I host a meeting for students on Wednesday, April 12 to provide an appropriate opportunity for continued communication. I look forward to this experience being a lasting and meaningful one for all involved.”

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