Lincoln Excessive’s principal and three assistant principals have been faraway from their positions Wednesday, continuing a leadership churn that has dogged the varsity for years.
The San Diego Unified Faculty District removed Principal Jose Soto-Ramos and Vice Principals Myeshia Whigham, Devon Phillips and Zarpana Rietman from their posts on Wednesday, the day after Lincoln’s commencement. Soto-Ramos was the principal for 2 years.
The district would not give details about why the administrators have been removed, saying they are entitled to privateness for personnel matters. District officials stated Lincoln’s principals are usually not being fired; they may get an opportunity to apply for different administrative or educating positions in the district.
San Diego Unified Faculty Board President Whitehurst-Payne stated in an interview Wednesday that the removals are usually not linked to students.
“This is not at all concerning the students,” she stated, including that 294 students graduated from Lincoln Tuesday and have been awarded a complete of $12 million in scholarships. “The youngsters have been doing their greatest. They’re attaining.”
About 87 % of Lincoln’s 1,500 college students are thought-about socioeconomically disadvantaged. The varsity has lengthy struggled academically despite several attempts by the district to boost its efficiency and picture, including a $129 million campus makeover and the addition of school courses through the years.
Final yr 12% of students who took state exams passed the English check, whereas 7% did so in math. Lincoln had a 79% graduation fee, under the statewide common of 83%.
The varsity additionally suspended 8% of its college students at the least once, and solely 32% have been ready for school or a profession, in response to the California Faculty Dashboard, which measures faculty quality.
“We see some progress right here, but we’d wish to see extra, and more rapidly,” Whitehurst-Payne stated.
Lincoln Excessive hasn’t had secure management in years. In 2014, the district ousted Lincoln’s principal, Esther Omogbehin. Her alternative, John Ross, left the submit about two years later.
In 2017, Soto-Ramos, who was then a vice principal, was appointed head of Lincoln after the varsity went a yr with no everlasting chief. Superintendent Cindy Marten had initially decided towards appointing him to the publish, but modified her mind after college students walked out in protest.
Now district officials say they are wanting outdoors the district for a new administrative group.
Whitehurst-Payne stated a committee will work with a nationwide search firm to discover a new principal. The committee can be led by Michael Brunker, vice chairman for mission advancement at YMCA of San Diego County, who has labored for about 22 years at the Jackie Robinson YMCA down the street from Lincoln Excessive.
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