Principals protest the removal of Monroe High School principal

Updated: 07/25/2014 12:12 AM
Created: 07/24/2014 11:02 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

There was a protest by principals in the Rochester City School District. On Thursday night, they fought to keep one of their colleagues at the helm of Monroe High School.

It was a full house at the Rochester City School Board meeting at the district’s headquarters Thursday. The room was packed with supporters for Armando Ramirez.

Ramirez is the principal of Monroe High School, but he was surprised to learn that he might not be principal when students return to school in September. Protestors say Ramirez had no idea he was at risk of being removed from his position until he saw it online in the meeting agenda.

It was an emotionally charged meeting where speaker after speaker talked of the positive changes Ramirez has made.

Through tears, anger, frustration and even data, students, parents, teachers and district colleagues turned out at a school board meeting Thursday night to fight for Monroe High School Principal Armando Ramirez. Ramirez learned through the internet that the district had hired another principal to replace him on complaints of a volatile relationship, low staff moral and the schools performance.

The board voted the new principal in, but instead, decided to place her elsewhere. The board did not say where she is being placed. Ramirez was removed from Monroe High School, but he still has a job with the district. Rochester City School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas apologized to Ramirez.

Vargas said, “I apologize to you and I apologize to you publicly. This is not the way a district should conduct business.”

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