Tuesday, March 20, 2001

School board lets principal keep job

        ST. BERNARD — A four-hour school board meeting Monday ended with John Estep's keeping his principal's job.

        The St. Bernard-Elmwood Place school board voted 5-0 to reject the superintendent's recommendation not to renew Mr. Estep's contract as principal of the Educational Advancement Center, the district's alternative school.

        The board then approved a one-year contract for Mr. Estep. Board Vice President Joe Wheeler voted no on that measure.

        Superintendent James Thomas had recommended that Mr. Estep's contract not be renewed, but the board has not divulged the issues that led to that recommendation.

        The board did receive correspondence from the public and from staff members regarding Mr. Estep's discipline and supervision of students.

        About 150 people attended Monday's meeting. Most of the speakers spoke in favor of re taining Mr. Estep.


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