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Linn-Mar Principal Shuffle
MARION, IA (CBS2/FOX28) The last day of school in the Linn-Mar Community School District means the last time that student see the inside of a classroom for a few months. But for students at Bowman Woods, Indian Creek and Wilkins Elementary Schools, it was the last they theyd have their current principals in the buildings. The district announced just last week that they would be moving the principals and parents arent happy.
After parents asked their kids how the last day of school was, they had one more question, this one was about their childrens principal being reassigned, and it was directed towards the school district.
"Why? Why was the decision made? And unfortunately, I'm not getting any answers, asked Indian Creek Parent Christina Wolfe.
For a child thats only eight or nine, an elementary school principal wears a lot of hats.
"She plays the role of anything from mentor to disciplinary actions, said Indian Creek Parent Tammy Northey.
So when she got a letter in the mail from the district explaining why her childrens principal would be moved, it just didnt add up.
"Their transition from their current assignments to their new assignments will occur over the summer as they complete projects in their prospective schools, Tammy read from the letter.
"It's more frustrating than anything."
Linn-Mars Superintendent told FOX28 and CBS2 that the principal shuffle is part of a regular growth plan, something thats normally done with anyone who works for the district to keep things fresh.
"The letter said it was good, said Wilkins Elementary School PTO President Ellen Teller. So if it's good, give us the reasons why this is good. Tell us the statistics of schools that have done this."
"Change to me is a good change if there is validity behind change, said Wolfe.
So now, parents and their kids are showing their support for their current principals.
"If it's for the best of the school district, it should be for the best of our kids and we need to know a direction, said Northey.
Some are planning to go to a school board meeting next week and theyre already passing around a petition.
"We're asking for a public forum to discuss. That's all the petition is. We're not asking for anybody's job, there's no radical changes, we're just looking for an opportunity to have a conversation about this, said Teller.
A conversation and a few answers.
The school board meeting is slated for 7 pm on Monday June 7th. Parents say they wont be able to interact with the board at that meeting; theyll just able to present their concerns. Thats why they say the petition is important in creating an open conversation.