To re-hire Dr. Harper Donahoe
  • Petitioned Caroline County Virginia School Board

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Caroline County Virginia School Board

To re-hire Dr. Harper Donahoe

    1. Tammy Porter
    2. Petition by

      Tammy Porter

      Ruther Glen, VA

Students, teachers and parents feel left in the dark. As a community we support Dr. Donahoe and all he has done for our children. His call for resignation comes to a surprise to everyone. This hurts our children more than anyone else. Since he has been principal there are less fights, less smoking in bathrooms and higher test scores. He is adored by his students and faculty. He is always present at sporting events and arts programs. He even plays a cameo in the annual school Spring musical. If you would join us in a call to arms (with no guns) and show your support by signing this petition.

Recent signatures


    1. Signature Status

      Tammy Porter
      Petition Organizer

      We hit 500 signatures! My hope is that we will have all students, their parents and teachers to sign this! I will keep everyone updated on the reaction of the school board.

      Thank you so much for your support in our cause!

    2. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kristen Luchynsky RUTHER GLEN, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      Caroline High School needs to have positive figures to represent the community!

    • Erin Martin RUTHER GLEN, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      The total lack of respect and professionalism in the handling of this is unacceptable.

    • Paige Romeo MILFORD, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      Good afternoon,

      My name is Paige Romeo. Some of you may know me but for those of you who do not I am a graduate of Caroline high school. I graduated with the class of 2011. I recently received a deeply upsetting text message from a fellow student who has yet to graduate. The text message read “ Don’t go to fourth period tomorrow. The WHOLE school is meeting in back of the student parking lot to protest against letting Dr.Donahoe get fired! Be there!” While I am away at college and am no longer a student at Caroline High School this information was very upsetting. According to a reliable source at the most recent school board meeting, when the board was asked for an explanation as to why Donahoe was being asked to resign the reply was simply, “Donahoe puts himself before his faculty and students.” Now being a recent graduate of Caroline and while Donahoe was principal I find this statement to be far too vague to be considered an acceptable answer. I myself was given the opportunity by him and Dr.Killough to go far beyond what some of the “faculty” at Caroline where willing to let me. He backed my decision one hundred percent and by doing so set in motion a program that will allow the future students of Caroline High School to have an upper hand advantage in life, whether it be in the workforce or at the collegiate level.

      While you may be thinking this is only one instance when he has put a students need first it is not. Sunday, June 13, 2010 the life of a student was lost. That students name was Chelsea Herring. She was 17 years old and a junior in high school. Her fellow classmates were devastated! The normal procedures were taken, grief counselors were brought it, students excused from class who were close to her to seek the help they needed, but more steps were taken to ensure the students expressed there remorse in a constructive way. A few months after the passing of Chelsea another student was lost as well. His name was Sam Silvius. This happened Wednesday, August 4th, 2010. He was 16 years old and was just about to start his junior year in high school. The school year following the death of these two students Donahoe allowed the student body to create remembrance floats for the homecoming parade. The class of 2011 and 2012 came together to remember students they had lost. While some parents and students felt that this was an unacceptable thing, Donahoe understood. He understood it takes longer than a few months to get over losing someone dear to you. He allowed those students to take their pain and display it in a joyful and constructive way.

      Not only did he allow these floats of remembrance but also during the class of 2011’s graduation ceremony he allowed yet again his student body to greave and be joyful at the same time. Others were involved in this ceremony at commencement but it had to be recognized by Donahoe as well as others in order for it to be allowed. Chelsea’s name was read and her parents were given a token of condolence to show that their loss was understood and still felt throughout the school and the student body. The students at commencement pinned red ribbons to their gowns as another form of remembrance of Chelsea, they were told by the graduation coordinator that the ribbons were not to be seen but they were still worn proud on the outside of their gowns. Being principal of the student body and of the school Donahoe had every right and the power to tell the student to remove the ribbons; he did not. Tyler Soden pulled open his gown and raised his hands to the sky showing a shirt with Chelsea Herring’s face on it, he was not chased off of the stage nor scolded by Donahoe nor by Dr.Killough they allowed the expression.

      I can say as a graduate of Caroline High School and as a student under Dr.Donahoe asking this gentlemen to resign would be a serious mistake in the eyes of many. Faith in the progression of our school system would fall greatly and students would feel betrayed. You put a person in a place of power just to undercut him when some snags in the road appear without even an explanation to the young adults he has been an influence to. How does the school board expect students to build trust and bonds with the people who are there to support and guide them and when necessary show them that their courses of action were incorrect when the board is unable to allow a principal to maintain his position for more then a few years. Dr.Donahoe is a great supporter of student endeavors and supports his faculty as best as the school board allows him.

    • Deanna Brown MILFORD, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      Dr. Donahoe is a great principle who has done his job and is always doing it for the best of the students. When I was there he made sure to find a way and help each student that was in need!

    • Steven Carter MILFORD, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      I was a student at caroline high school while Dr. Donahoe was there and school ran smoother and better than any other time I attended Caroline.


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