Meeting to support axed Penn Valley principal today |

Meeting to support axed Penn Valley principal today

Parents concerned about a decision to fire a Penn Valley principal want to air their frustration at a meeting this afternoon.

A town hall-style meeting is planned by parents at Pleasant Valley School, where the firing of Principal Clint Johnson led to angry backlash last week.

The meeting is 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Oak Room in the Lake Wildwood Community Center. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Parents hope the meeting would open lines of communication with the school district’s board, said parent Kari Stehmeyer, who organized the event.

“We want to get the parents together and really get a consensus about what the parents are thinking,” Stehmeyer said.

Board members also are invited to the meeting, Stehmeyer added.

School trustees voted unanimously to fire Johnson at the Pleasant Valley Elementary School District meeting March 9. The eight-year principal at the school is serving out the rest of the term before parting ways.

The two-school district educates about 640 students in kindergarten through eighth grade; Pleasant Valley houses students in fourth through eighth grade.

Johnson has requested a reason for his termination in writing, but as of yet has not received it.

District officials are not commenting on the issue, saying it is a personnel matter.

No plan has been formed to replace Johnson, district Superintendent Debra Sandoval said.

The district is faced with hiring two replacements, as Karen Chizek, who is serving as interim principal at Williams Ranch Elementary, the K-3 school across the road, plans to retire at the end of the year. Former principal Anne Stone left Williams Ranch in December to take a position in Colfax.

Chizek came out of retirement to fill the post, which she held previously.

To contact Staff Writer Kyle Magin, e-mail or call (530) 477-4239.ਆ

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