Oklahoma City school administrator's resignation has parents, community leaders asking for investigation
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL NewsOK.com
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY - A group of parents, students and community leaders tried to speak Monday night at the Oklahoma City School Board meeting in support of an assistant principal who said she was forced to resign.
Hope Alvarez resigned from Roosevelt Middle School for “personal reasons,” according to a termination card she filled out Jan. 24. She did not submit a resignation letter, according to a district document.
Alvarez said in a written statement provided to The Oklahoman that she was forced to resign after she had planned to teach English-language classes to parents in evening hours. She said she was told teaching the class for a contractor would have been a conflict of interest, so she never did.
She said she was told to resign by Roosevelt Principal Michelle Pontikos and Richard Caram, an employee of the state Education Department who is working with Roosevelt administrators through a state program to help improve struggling schools.
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