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Myers Park High principal reassigned following complaints about sexual assault response, investigation

Jodie Valade

Suspended Myers Park High School principal Mark Bosco has left the job to take on a new role as a senior administrator for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the school system said Wednesday.

An email to families of Myers Park High School students said both Bosco and CMS agreed that a "change in leadership is needed" at the high school after Bosco’s eight years as principal.

The job change is effective immediately. Bosco's salary will remain at $149,462.

Bosco was suspended in August after complaints from students and parents that he and others mishandled sexual assaults on campus in 2014 and 2015. The school district was sued by two former students and there was an investigation. One of the lawsuits was settled out of court.

Nikki Wombwell was 15 years old when she says she was raped in the woods on the school campus. She sued CMS and settled.

“While I am glad that Bosco is no longer the principal of Myers Park, the fact he still works for CMS with the same pay is ridiculous,” Wombwell said in a statement to WFAE.

A statement from Bosco’s attorney, Sally Higgins, said the investigation found there was "no basis to conclude that Mark Bosco mishandled or failed to respond to any allegations of sexual misconduct."

Wombwell questions the investigation.

“The investigation could hardly be considered thorough as it was conducted by CMS itself and did not interview myself, any of the other survivors, or any of our parents,” Wombwell said.

CMS officials have not discussed any specifics of the investigation, citing personnel privacy laws.

In a statement supplied by Higgins, he said, "I look forward to getting back to work with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and welcome this new opportunity."

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