Parents Shocked John Marshall Mid-High School Principal Not Rehired

Tuesday, March 22nd 2011, 5:46 pm
By: News 9

Adrianna Iwasinksi, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Public School District chose not to rehire 18 principals and assistant principals at Monday night's school board meeting.

The decision is part of the district's new proactive measure to evaluate and assess all faculty and staff on a yearly basis and to not rubber stamp hires and rehires through.

One of the schools affected is John Marshall Mid-High School. Many of the parents at John Marshall were shocked by the news and do not want the current principal to leave.

"I am surprised. I had no prior knowledge so I don't know what to think right now," said parent Jacqueline Thomas.

Thomas has a 10th grader at John Marshall Mid-High School. Though this is their first year at the school, she thought the principal was doing a good job and she's not alone.

"I think they are doing a disservice to the students," said parent Carolyn Littlejohn.

Littlejohn has two students at John Marshall and said the principal was turning the troubled school around.

"I think it's a grave mistake. Dr. Wright should stay at John Marshall," Littlejohn said.

John Marshall has had six principals come through in the past 10 years alone. Parents are frustrated with the revolving door and just hope the administration takes these things into consideration when hiring the next principal.

"To make sure that it's someone that is strong, that is professional, that can make decisions. And do what's ultimately best for our students," said Thomas.

"I give five stars to Dr. Wright and the superintendent and school board need to reevaluate whatever decision they have made concerning John Marshall," added Littlejohn.

This district says it plans on filling those 18 positions in the next eight weeks.

See the list of principals and assistant principals who were rehired (starting on page 8 (page 11 of the full document) from the Board of Education Meeting on March 21.