Board fires embattled principal

Dothan, AL (WSFA) -- In a unanimous decision Monday night by the Dothan City School Board the contract for an embattled principal was terminated.

Andrew Sewell was fired from the top position at Dothan High School after charges came about accusing the man of an inappropriate sexual relationship with one of his students.

"I didn't believe it at first," said Dothan High School sophomore, Aaron Gutzmore, just one student at the school who looked at Principal Sewell more like a friend.

"I could talk with Mr. Sewell basically about anything. If I was having problems with class, I could go to him and he'd straighten it out in the end." That's one reason he and fellow classmates are shocked.

"You thought you could trust him and stuff like that, but that was very sad. I can't believe that he did do anything like that," said Kamesha Jackson.

Less than a month ago, Sewell was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. According to authorities, he engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female student under the age of 18. The charge ultimately lead to the Board's decision to terminate his employment.

And it's something Trevor Evans says is just another in a string of mishaps for Dothan High.

"Everybody thinks Dothan High is a bad school now, and it just keeps getting worse and worse, going downhill, especially with this," he said.

School Superintendent Sam Nichols says he's committed to turning things around. "We need to find some stability at that school. Those kids deserve stability. And that's one thing that I'll certainly be looking for, to find a principal that will be a good fit for that high school."

Sewell's court date is set for April 3rd, 2009.  If convicted he could face up to a year of jail time and also a $500 dollar fine.  The court does have the option to suspend any sentence or place Sewell on probation.

Reporter: Melissa McKinney