The petition notes that âThe racism that occurs at Ardrey Kell does not happen by âcoincidenceâ but it is perpetuated, purposefully. CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools says Ardrey Kell Principal David Switzer is suspended with pay while officials look into accusations of racism. The suspension went into effect on Thursday, June 11, a CMS spokesperson said. Ardrey Kell Principal David Switzer and a number of other faculty members were in attendance. Ardrey Kell High School principal David Switzer took action in response to inappropriate student behavior, but to address the problem weâll have to make changes in our community. In March 2019, a white Ardrey Kell boys basketball player used a racial slur in a Snapchat post before the schoolâs playoff game against West Charlotte High School, which is predominantly black. Parents argue the good that David Switzer has offered to Ardrey Kell outweighs the negativity. 2 of 2. In announcing Switzer's lateral move to executive director of Continuous Improvement and Logistics, CMS said Switzer and the district agreed it was time for a change of leadership at Ardrey Kell. âBoth David Switzer and CMS agree that after 10 years as principal at Ardrey Kell High School, a change in leadership is needed. Mr Switzer is not responsible for the acts of a few kids who feel they have a right to act out and deface rocks or any other act of racism. There are now 2 competing petitions on Change.org, one calling for the removal of Switzer and the other calling for the support of Switzer. âItâs time for a change in leadership honestly. The Ardrey Kell High School (AKHS) principal has earned a 2017 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award from the University Council for Educational Administration. There are now 2 competing petitions on Change.org, one calling for the removal of Switzer and the other calling for the support of Switzer. Is it accurate? Hours before the repainting, CMS released a video statement from Principal Switzerâ¦ Ardrey Kell principal David Switzer has been suspended with pay while the district investigates accusations made against him, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools spokeswoman said Monday. Ann Doss Helms. A petition has been created to keep Ardrey Kell High School principal David Switzer on the job. The award is presented annually to practicing school administrators Some worry as the leader of the school, he may become a scapegoat. Switzer said he was proud of the work Ardrey Kell has done to address racism and bias, but that he was aware the school had a long way to go in undoing racism, along with the rest of the country. School officials did not confirm what the accusations are, but a Change.org page details alleged incidents of Switzer saying inappropriate things during faculty meetings. The âHave Principal David Switzer Resign from Ardrey Kellâ petition currently has 3,792 signatures. Cato College of Education graduate and former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Principal of the Year David Switzer has yet another plaque to hang. Kira McCray, a graduate of Ardrey Kell, told WBTV she thinks itâs time for new a principal at the high school. The principal of Ardrey Kell High School has been reassigned to a new job in the districtâs central office. Ann Doss Helms. The post included a message of violence and referred to playing âin the hood.â âSwitzer has been nothing but amazing when it comes to handling Ardrey Kell,â she said. School officials did not confirm what the accusations are, but a Change.org page details alleged incidents of Switzer saying inappropriate things during faculty meetings. Ardrey Kell High School Principal David Switzer has been suspended, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools confirmed Monday. Brooke Byrom, a recent graduate who helped set up at the event, also defended Switzer in an interview. IF there is racism at Ardrey Kell it is the responsibility of the parents. The petition comes after another petition was created asking for Switzer to resign. A change. Ardrey Kell Principal David Switzer (right) at last week's gathering to repaint the school rock. Ardrey Kell Principal David Switzer called out by the Charlotte Observer for not promoting racial justice. Switzer has been principal at Ardrey Kell High since 2010. âI am honored,â Switzer said.â âItâs a team effort and I share this award with the entire school family and Ardrey Kell community.â Switzer has led Ardrey Kell since 2010 and was the CMS principal of the year in 2013-14. It has more than 3,000 signatures. On July 8, CMS said Switzer and district officials agreed that it was time for a change in leadership at Ardrey Kell. The âHave Principal David Switzer Resign from Ardrey Kellâ petition currently has 3,792 signatures. I think the leadership is who you look at in these situations when you have instances of racial bias and racial slurs being thrown at students,â said McCray in a previous interview with WBTV. CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools says Ardrey Kell Principal David Switzer is suspended with pay while officials look into accusations of racism. David Switzer has been named the 2013-2014 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Principal of the Year. Ardrey Kell High Principal David Switzer apologized for referring to people as âcolored folksâ during a staff meeting last fall. Since when do we as parents abdicate our responsibility to the school system. But his tenure at the majority-white school has also been marked by racial flare-ups. Ardrey Kell High School.