Leadership change imposed at James M. Bennett

A new principal of James M. Bennett High School was named last week, replacing Amy Eskridge, who was implicated in mid-January when a school guidance counselor was charged with sex-related offenses. Eskridge was placed on leave after Allen Edward Mitchell, 32, of Fruitland, was arrested on Jan. 11 and charged with second-degree rape, fourth-degree sex […]

Bennett officials on leave during counselor probe

The principal and vice principal of James M. Bennett High School remain on administrative leave following the arrest of a guidance counselor and local coach charged with criminal offenses involving rape and soliciting child pornography. Allen Edward Mitchell, 32, of Fruitland, who, last week was charged on 15 counts, was originally being held without bail […]

Bennett lacrosse seniors ready for life’s next phase

Listening to these five, lively lacrosse players banter and share memories, it’s interesting that, in their game, players catch, cradle and pass. As they talked about knowing each other since pre-school, building alliances and, now, struggling with the bittersweet feeling of graduating in June, they closely followed the game. From the age of 3 or […]

Officials review JMB fight circumstances, reaction

The fight at James M. Bennett High School last week – an incident that resulted in several arrests and deputies using pepper spray against unruly students – is not being taken lightly by school authorities. “I assure you Dr. Donna Hanlin (superintendent of schools) will deal with this in the most appropriate way. The board […]