Father or mother-teacher group calls for Titusville Excessive directors’ elimination for ‘hostile setting’


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Titusville Excessive College principal Annetha Jones speaks to the gang eventually yr’s faculty commencement. (Picture: TIM SHORTT/ FLORIDA TODAY)

A gaggle of fogeys and academics need directors of Titusville Excessive College eliminated due to what they describe as a “detrimental local weather and hostile setting” on campus. 

However dismissing the varsity’s leaders, together with principal Annetha Jones, appears unlikely, as district workers has stated they’re working with the varsity’s leaders to deal with dad and mom’ considerations. 

The group, which calls itself Success for THS, fashioned shortly after a city corridor assembly in April with Brevard Public Faculties Superintendent Mark Mullins. On the gathering,  dad and mom and academics raised considerations about declining enrollment and worker turnover.

Since then, a small group of about 50 residents has met on the Searstown Mall and the Titusville Library to place collectively a plan to assist the varsity. 

On Could 2, the group emailed Mullins, College Board member Misty Belford and different district leaders a letter and 145 pages of testimonials from dad and mom, workers and college students. FLORIDA TODAY obtained the letter final week. 

 “We don’t see any solution to reverse the state of affairs whereas holding the present administration,” the letter states. 

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Jones has been the principal of Titusville Excessive for 2 years and has labored within the Brevard faculty district since 1992. Jennifer Gonzalez, Barbara Burgess and Todd Rassman are assistant principals at the varsity. 

The group seems to take difficulty primarily with Jones, who didn’t instantly return a request for remark. 

Brevard Federation of Lecturers president Anthony Colucci stated academics have informed the union Jones treats them unfairly and harshly.

“Our academics have had ongoing points with Ms. Jones, each at Jackson Center College and now the final couple years at Titusville Excessive College,” stated Colucci. “We have heard extra complaints from our academics about her than some other administrator on this district.”

Mullins stated he and Mollie Vega, who oversees the county’s highschool principals, have been assembly with dad and mom to debate their considerations. 

“Any time dad and mom’ considerations come to our consideration, we reply to them,” Mullins stated Monday. “We’re actually working to assist our administration, Ms. Jones and her administrative staff. We’ll assist them achieve success.”

Belford, who represents the Titusville space and whose personal son attends Titusville Excessive, stated it is as much as Mullins to take away Jones. She stated not all the group’s allegations are correct, however the district is trying into the difficulty. 

“Any time you have got a brand new administration are available in, particularly if that new administration is making an attempt to drive change, there’s going to be pressure,” stated Belford.

Jones changed Gary Preisser, who was principal of the varsity since 2013. 

Jones beforehand attended and taught at Titusville Excessive. She was chosen as the varsity’s Instructor of the 12 months in 1998. Earlier than changing into a principal, Jones was the assistant principal at Jackson Center College. She has constantly gotten “extremely efficient” scores on her annual evaluations, in keeping with a assessment of her personnel file. 

The group claims that beneath Jones’ management college students are leaving to attend Astronaut Excessive College and Area Coast Jr./Sr. Excessive College, and at the least 37 workers have left. 

Since final faculty yr, enrollment has dipped by 36 college students and at the moment sits at 1,377 college students, in keeping with numbers from the Florida Division of Training. In 2017, 64 college students left Titusville Excessive for Astronaut Excessive, in keeping with district information.

The district initiatives the varsity to achieve 1,525 by 2022; the campus has the capability for 1,970. 

Mullins acknowledged there are some issues at Titusville Excessive, together with deteriorating athletic fields, restricted superior placement course choices, faculty safety, communication and trainer vacancies, however stated they aren’t distinctive to Titusville Excessive. He identified that a number of colleges within the district and statewide are coping with trainer shortages. 

And as for the variety of college students leaving Titusville Excessive, he stated that could be a byproduct of Brevard being a “alternative district” that encourages households to decide on colleges exterior their neighborhoods. 

The district has not answered FLORIDA TODAY’s request for data into what number of academics have resigned or transferred this faculty yr.

Mullins stated the varsity has skilled loads of success beneath Jones, together with rising its commencement charge by 2.5 % to 84 %.

Moreover, the varsity final yr graduated the best share of scholars with business certifications in Brevard, 30 college students with affiliate levels, and 11 % of its college students with benefit and scholar designations. 

The varsity has been graded a B faculty by the FDOE the final three years. 

Caroline Glenn is the Training Reporter at FLORIDA TODAY. Contact her at 321-576-5933 or caglenn@floridatoday.com. Comply with her on Twitter @bycarolineglenn and Training at Florida Right now on Fb.

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