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Principal Change Has Some Upset

By: Beth Jett
By: Beth Jett

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Principal Change leaves some parents angry

Monday, May 23, 2005

Minneha School principal Marvin Foxx was replaced with Irving Elementary principal Donna McPartland, who Superintendent Winston Brooks calls "one of the best team players that we have on our team."

Fliers went out to parents as soon as they found out about the change.

They took on Brooks, who admitted the audience wouldn't agree with his decision.

Brooks hopes McPartland can help the school, which didn't make adequate yearly progress last year. Parents say change isn't necessary.

Furthermore, the parents fear the change will send the wrong message to students.

"That's a subtle statement to these children that we're going to have to get someone better, a white principal, to replace him and that's what's happening here," says Richard Ney, a concerned parent.

"I'm not going to get into an argument, sir," says Brooks. "But, for you to accuse me of doing this for racist purposes, I think is a far stretch on your part."

"I think it makes a statement and a lot of people here agree with that," says Ney.

Foxx has been Minneha's principal for one year. The parents say he'd just improved discipline problems and hasn't been given the chance to tackle academics. Brooks says the school needs someone with more experience.

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