NORWICH – Most of the Norwich senior class was at Monday’s special school board meeting to show support for absent high school Principal Thomas Knapp. Despite their attempts, the seniors were not allowed to speak and the board went immediately into executive session.
Knapp, who has been with the district almost three years, has not returned from a medical leave of absence since before the Memorial Day. Former district Superintendent Robert Cleveland is filling in as interim principal.
Teacher Bruce Race spoke at the June 3 meeting, stating Knapp was healthy but had not returned. Another district employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the principal was told by Superintendent Gerard O’Sullivan not to return to his post. Others have claimed Knapp is not allowed on Norwich school property. Although not on the job, Knapp did show up at a BOCES awards ceremony Friday to accept “Administrator of the Year” honors (see box).