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Guilford County Schools Hosting Parent Meeting After Smith High School Principal Resigns

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Greensboro, N.C. - Dr. Noah Rogers resigned as principal of Guilford County's Smith High School late Friday, without any public explanation. The resignation even surprised top district officials.

"It did catch us off guard. There were no warning signs. But, we were ready and able to address the situation," Regional Superintendent Dr. Wanda Legrand said.

Dr. Rogers was the district's highest paid principal. Now, teachers, students and parents all have a lot of questions. Wanda Ford, the president of the school's PTA, told WFMY News 2 she spoke to Dr. Rogers last week and he was in good spirits.

Ford said he's done a lot of great things for the school over the past seven years he's been there.

"He challenged them very much. I think the challenging part was something our students were not used to. I think that was a good thing," Ford said.

WFMY News 2 asked for Dr. Rogers' resignation letter, but the district said it's not public record. We also asked if the district could give us any more details about where Dr. Rogers is going or why he quit. However, officials said privacy laws limited what they could tell us.

WFMY News 2 even visited Dr. Rogers' house, but no one answered the door. He had been principal since 2006. He previously worked in Norfolk, Virginia. He is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill.

There was a teacher staff meeting at the school Monday from 6-7 p.m.

A 2012 state teacher working conditions survey reports 57 percent of staff members said they disagreed with the statement: Students at this school follow rules of conduct. Forty-five percent disagreed with the statement: There is an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect in this school.

Did the survey results have anything to do with the resignation? It's unclear. Right now, WFMY News 2 is gathering as much information as possible about the situation.

For now, Dr. Anitra Walker will serve as Interim-Principal for the remainder of the school year. Dr. Walker said she will try to put students at ease during the transition.

"We will stay positive. We will tell folks rumors are rumors. They really don't know. We really don't know why Dr. Rogers chose to resign. We'll keep our kids positive," Dr. Walker said.

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