Brooks principal requests public hearing on reassignment

A board meeting has been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 6.

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By DREW CARTER

Brooks Middle School Principal Flora Green has requested a public hearing to dispute a move to reclassify her to teacher ranks next fall, the district said today.

The request, dated March 29, was received by the district's attorney this week, Supt. John C. Fagan said.

A Board of Education meeting has been tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 6, but could serve as an opportunity to reassign Green to an administrative role. Fagan said the meeting would likely be held at Brooks, where the past two board meetings have been held.

State law outlines how a district may reclassify a principal to teacher. A notice of intent to reclassify Green was made after the board's March 9 meeting, and a private hearing was held before the board's March 23 meeting. A final vote on the reclassification could come after the public meeting.
At the March 23 meeting, the board directed Fagan to find an administrative role that would "make the highest and best use of Ms. Green's experience and skills." Fagan has not met with his staff or Green yet to discuss a new position, but said he would do so before Wednesday. He did not know whether a position proposal could be created by then.

Reassigning Green would not require board approval. However, the creation of a new position would. Fagan said that action on a new position could be taken in lieu of the hearing at the Wednesday meeting, if Green accepted the reassignment.

At the public hearing, Fagan and administrators would explain why Green has been recommended for reclassification. Green would be given a chance to rebut those reasons, and public comment would be allowed, Fagan said.

Board deliberations?#34;likely in closed session?#34;would follow, as would the final vote.
The board voted 5-2 to continue with the reclassification at its last meeting, with Sharon Patchak-Layman and Michelle Harton casting the dissenting votes. The board voted unanimously to direct Fagan to find an administrative position for Green.

Contact: dcarter@wjinc.com

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